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MASON CITY, IA – Technology continues to find more ways to be involved in our lives and now even dating has taken on a new meaning.
A growing number of young adults are now taking to social media apps like Snapchat, Twitter, and Facebook where they say a number of relationships now begin.
“It’s generalizing instead of getting down to the specifics a lot more and that’s really ruining relationships in general,” said Craig Schroeder, Store Manager with Iowa Cell Phone and Repair.
Craig needs to be aware of all that social media has to offer when it comes to work, but even he is amazed at how involved technology has become in our everyday lives.
“It’s really strange how phones have really taken over our social lives a lot more than I would have ever imagined,” said Schroeder.
Among other things there’s the issue of privacy and the false sense of security that people may believe they have, online.
Recently, a new website has surfaced that posts, once thought to be expired Snapchat pics, online for all to see.
An invasion of privacy that doesn’t come as much of a shock to Craig.
“Sadly, there is no more privacy with technology. We’re constantly sending out more and more information through these apps that we have on our phones whether it’s pictures or messages,” said Schroeder.
For experts, like Mary Ingham with Crisis Intervention Services, this is one epidemic she’s not surprised to see, especially when it comes to young people.
“For so long all of our educational efforts have been geared on, don’t do this, don’t do that. Though we haven’t really talked about what to do, so we’ve changed our focus to talk more about what to do. What does consent look like and what does a healthy relationship look like,” said Ingham.
Mary reminds parents that kids are dating now a lot sooner than in the past. So the time to have these discussions about relationships needs to happen a lot sooner.
“We know kids today are starting to date when they’re in junior high so if parents wait until the kids are at the age where maybe they started dating, they’ve missed the boat,” said Ingham.
“If that’s where the things are heading, then parents need to follow that. They need to be in touch with that otherwise they won’t be able to know where their kids are going or what their kids are doing,” said Schroeder.