When I was in middle school, I once drew my name + a boy's name with a heart around it on a wall that was a popular spot for that kind of graffiti. It was a great way to let someone know that you "liked" them, and if you were careful, you could claim innocence about the writing-but still maybe piqué enough interest that the boy would ask you to "go" with him.
But I wasn't careful. I was totally busted by two other kids, and that led to a two-week period of merciless teasing that was so relentless the boy was too mortified to ever speak to me again.
Today, it's all about the internet, and kids post things far more provocative than just a heart around two names. In fact, they are posting much more personal information, according to these chilling stats from a report in May by the Pew Internet and the American Life Project:
- 91% of the 12-to-17-year-olds post selfies
- 24% post videos
- 91% share their real name
- 60% state their relationship status
- 82% list their birthday