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Love in the time of emoji

Love in the time of emoji

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If only they’d had smartphones…. (Center, left) Stars Douglas Booth, Hailee Steinfeld, and Paul Giamatti (far right) in a scene from Relativity Media’s ROMEO & JULIET. ©2013 R & J Releasing, Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Ah, young love. Many of us may remember the intensity and ecstasy of puppy love. But how have those relationships changed in an era of constant communication, oversharing and emoji? That’s what a new study into teen dating, published Thursday by the Pew Research Center , explored in-depth.

The study takes a look at how social media and technology weave into every stage of the dating process, from flirting to breakup. There’s a lot of digital flirting going on — one boy said that his way of flirting is to put "a bunch of emojis" under a girl’s photo. But asking someone out in person is still the most common way to start a relationship. […]