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For teen daters, a cellphone can be an abusive leash: A new study raises concerns about how communication technology can facilitate teen dating abuse

Date: February 12, 2007
Author: Stacy A. Teicher
QUOTE: In the survey, conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited, 20 to 30 percent of teens who had been in relationships said their partner had constantly checked in on them, had harassed or insulted them, or had made unwanted requests for sexual activity, all via cellphones or text messages. One out of 4 reported hourly contact with a dating partner between midnight and 5 a.m. – in some cases, 30 times per hour. And 1 out of 10 had received physical threats electronically. A much smaller percentage of parents reported that their teens had had such experiences.

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