Digital Dating Abuse

Digital Dating Abuse

Loveisrespect.org defines digital dating abuse as “the use of technologies such as texting and social networking to bully, harass, stalk or intimidate a partner.”

(http://www.loveisrespect.org/is-this-abuse/digital-abuse)

According to the study conducted by Knowledge Networks, Inc.:

-          16% of male college students and 16% of female college students report being the victim of dating abuse via technology.

-          Of the students who reported having a dating partner check their phone or computer to see who they had been communicating with, 43% had shared their passwords with their partner while only 15% had not.

-          Of the students who reported having a dating partner alter their online profiles without their consent, 17% had shared their passwords with their partner while less than 1% had not.

-          Of the students who reported having a dating partner use their passwords without their permission, 31% had shared their passwords while only 3% had not.

-          29% of college students report knowing a friend who has experienced digital dating abuse.

-          Sharing passwords to email, computer, or social networking accounts with a dating partner is correlated with an increased risk of digital dating abuse.

Adapted to Emory University with permission by a team of Respect Program staff and interns from the University of Michigan’s Striving for Justice document.