August 7, 2014
Lauren’s dissertation focuses on “digital dating abuse,” which is repeated patterns of abusive dating behaviors using the Internet or cell phones. She is looking specifically at the gender dynamics of behaviors, motivations, experiences and consequences of digital dating abuse for both boys and girls. She collaborates with a local high school system for her research. For the project, she surveyed about 1000 students regarding their cell phone and social media use, bullying, and physical, sexual, and psychological dating violence both online and offline. The focus of this project is to use the research to inform sustainable school programming to prevent digital dating abuse and other forms of gendered violence.