Meeting online and messaging back and forth from the comfort of a keyboard can reduce some of the fear that comes with social interactions, allowing friendships to blossom at a pace that works for each individual.
IDENTIFYING UNHEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS The first step that organizations teach to combat teen dating violence is recognizing what constitutes a healthy relationship.While there are many local, national or international sites devoted to dating, IAC, the company behind and other dating sites, launched a new site in May -- Our Josh Meyers, CEO of IAC's People Media, says other sites such as the company's Senior People saw a 400 percent growth in the past two years and Our aims to bring everyone in the 50 and older age group under one site."We saw a fervor for something just for them," he says of older adults.Receiving flowers can be romantic, Scott said, but if they come from someone you have ended a relationship with or don’t feel comfortable around, it becomes an issue.Parents should pay attention to whether their children become isolated, if their partner is calling and texting overly persistently, if they argue with their partner or if they have signs of physical abuse.Surveys of the age group indicated they wanted to be able to associate with other mature adults."They wanted to jump into a community of like-minded folks," he says.
Meyer says they have more experiences in life and are more deliberate in their approach in dating."They know what they want," he says.
Scott and several advocates from other organizations, including the Rape Crisis Center, Safe Nest and The Shade Tree, are spreading the message during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month in February.
“Teens think they can handle it themselves,” she said.
Seeking companionship can be difficult for many adults, but for those with developmental disabilities, this can often be nearly impossible.
While most people can turn to online social groups and dating sites, there are very few resources for men and women with autism, Down Syndrome, and developmental delays.
Although 15% of Americans have used online dating themselves, a larger share report that they are familiar with online dating from the experiences of people they know.