In fact, this study showed that boys are more likely to be victims: about 5 percent of boys and 3 percent of girls had a romantic partner upload or share a humiliating photograph online.
Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of education for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, says digital dating abuse is becoming a more frequent problem among teens.
The abuse online and through cell phones can sometimes turn into physical violence, she warned.
Since digital abuse does not leave physical marks on their children, parents may be clueless about the abuse.
Relationship therapist Terri Orbuch says one of the advantages of online dating is it offers access to a large pool of people you can meet while staying comfortable in your own home. "And it opens you up to a wide-open world of potential matches." According to Online Dating Magazine, 20% of Americans have gone out on a date with someone they met on line.
And every year, more than 280,000 marry someone they met that way. One survey found that Americans are spending nearly a billion dollars for online dating services.
"He wants to make sure the pictures are appropriate.
But heading to the local bar doesn't appeal, and friends have no one to suggest. For many who are dissatisfied with the old-fashioned way of meeting new people, online dating has become an acceptable and popular alternative.Finally, it's not just for the young and tech savvy.Research shows it may be just as popular with older adults.Abusive teens may also exert their control by preventing their partners from using technology, experts say.About 10 percent of teens interviewed say a romantic partner stopped them from using a computer or cell phone.