Monday, January 05, 2009

NYT - A Rise In Efforts to Spot Abuse in Youth Dating

My Dad forwarded me this article from the NYT: A Rise In Efforts to Spot Abuse in Youth Dating.

It seems as though the increased number of teens and youth with internet access and cell phones has lead to an increase in abusive behaviour towards young women and girls. Texting and online correspondences have a sheen of anonymity to them, even if the parties are known to each other, and that lack of face-to-face to communication makes it easier for people to behave in abusive and disrespectful ways.

This paragraphe caught my eye:
While texting that runs to 200 or 300 messages a day can be a prelude to abusive behavior, William S. Pollack, a Harvard University psychologist and the author of “Real Boys” (1998) and “Real Boys’ Voices” (2000) about boys and masculinity, said his research had found that “usually when adolescent boys get involved with girls, they fall into the societal model which we call ‘macho,’ where they need to show they are the ones in control.”
I could not imagine trying to, or wanting to text someone 300 times in one day.
Imagine the bill the parents of these kids are getting.

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