A local authority in Israel has announced that it is establishing a special team of youth counselors and psychologists whose job it will be to identify young Jewish women who are dating Arab men and "rescue" them.The move by the municipality of Petah Tikva, a city close to Tel Aviv, is the latest in a series of separate -- and little discussed -- initiatives from official bodies, rabbis, private organisations and groups of Israeli residents to try to prevent interracial dating and marriage.
As parents, we might dread it, but we’re also expecting it.
And even more scary, oftentimes the next step after texting is “hooking up.” That whole getting to know each other on a series of dates has gone out the window.
And a boy picking up a girl and making awkward conversation with her parents? A 2015 study by Child Trends Databank reveals that 12th graders who say they do not date rose from 14% in 1991 to 38% in 2013.
And I don’t think it’s because they’re not interested in romance. The progression from “liking” someone to dating has changed since devices and social media came on the scene.
Many girls these days don’t seem to be pursuing high school relationships.
My name is danah boyd and I'm a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and the founder/president of Data & Society.