Parents who know more can help their teens make informed, wiser decisions.
Beachwood, Ohio (PRWEB) March 28, 2014
NSA sex, otherwise known as “no strings attached” sex, is a trend growing in popularity among teenagers today and it has many educators, counselors and parents alarmed and worried. “Hooking up,” often used as a phrase to describe very casual sexual liaisons between teenagers, is a growing movement not only with boys but also with girls.
Your Teen Magazine reports on this social trend in a series of articles designed to empower parents with greater understanding so that they can help their teens to make informed sexual decisions.
“As gender equality grows in academics and business, there is also a shift in the “dating” culture. Today, teen girls are just as likely as teen boys to try casual sexual hookups,” Your Teen Editor-in-Chief Susan Borison says. “We’ve created this series of content to help parents understand what is happening today with their kids and their culture. Parents who know more can help their teens make informed, wiser decisions.”
Part of the problem is that the nomenclature for romance with teenagers has become much more nuanced and ambiguous – perhaps even avoidance-based - as explained in this quote from the article, “The Hookup Culture – Expert View.” As the article explains, “In today’s teen dating culture, ‘talking’ has replaced courting. Terms, like ‘hooking up,’ ‘no strings attached,’ and ‘friends with benefits’ define casual coupling. The term ‘dating,’ which used to mean testing the waters before leaping into a relationship, now means one has made the commitment to be Facebook official—or any other social media of choice.”
Articles in this important and provocative series from Your Teen include:
“The Hookup Culture – Expert View: How to Talk to Your Teen”
“The Hookup Culture – Expert View: Understanding Teen Attitudes Towards Sex”
“The Hookup Culture – Teen View: I Wish I Had Waited”
“The Hookup Culture – Teen View – Hooking Up Can Be Confusing”
Featuring some forthright commentary and discussion from sexuality experts as well as teenagers themselves, this series of articles will be helpful for teens and parents. In this confusing social world in which many teens find themselves, some insight can help avoid potential confusion and pain if navigated wrongly.
As the article on “hooking up” from a male teen’s perspective puts it: “Not all teen hookups are planned. In fact, most of them are usually at a party where alcohol can get the best of two people, ending in a drunken make-out session. Regardless of whether they’re planned or spontaneous, the aftermath of hookups can be problematic. Does the guy call the girl? Does she feel obligated to talk to him the next day? One time, I hooked up with a close friend at a party, and when I texted her the next day, she acted very strange. She went on to tell me how she wasn’t interested in a relationship; our hookup was a one-time thing. I told her I understood. But, the hookup did make things awkward.”
The entire series on teenage hookup culture is available from Your Teen at http://www.yourteenmag.com/subscribe, and in select Barnes & Noble Bookstores.
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Your Teen addresses the challenges inherent in raising teens today and helps parents of teens to continue the journey toward the goal of successful parenting. In the magazine format, parents can post questions, offer personal tactics and hear the different perspectives of professionals, other parents and teenagers on relevant topics. Your Teen hopes to ease the worry of the teenage years with relevant content.