A much smaller percentage of parents reported that their teens had had such experiences."Dating violence has always had this core feature ...
of trying to control the thoughts, feelings, and actions of another person," says Julie Kahn, program director of the Transition House Dating Violence Intervention Program in Cambridge, Mass.
However, the research base is slowly starting to grow.
In the last several years additional studies have appeared in general and addiction-specific journals, with such titles as “Addictive Personality and Problematic Mobile Phone Use” (2009) [v]; “Associations between Problematic Mobile Phone Use and Psychological Parameters in Young Adults” (2012) [vi]; and “Are We Addicted to Our Cell Phones? How is mobile phone use impacting romantic relationships?
Subrahmanyam and Greenfield (2008) concluded that adolescent developmental issues of intimacy, sexuality, and identity are being transformed by mobile phones in ways that could be beneficial or harmful [viii].
For teens, cellphones are an essential tool for everything from social networking to video games.
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One out of 4 reported hourly contact with a dating partner between midnight and 5 a.m. And 1 out of 10 had received physical threats electronically.
For parents, knowing their child has a cellphone provides a sense of security.
But for a substantial number of teens who are dating, communications on cellphones and computers are taking a turn toward obsession and abuse.
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