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It was in those unstructured conversations that I could be typing so fast my guard came down.
“It was pleasurable to meet new people and learn that you were ‘attractive’ somehow,” Katz recalls.
“Teens used the service to flirt through text, engaging in a form of written flirtation that looked a lot more like letter-writing practices decades before,” says Danah Boyd, author of “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens.” That written flirtation allowed young women to construct their identities as carefully as their away messages. But online, my friends and I who fashioned ourselves as budding intellectuals who didn’t need to always talk like characters in a Woody Allen movie.
We planned Halloween costumes and epic homecoming sleepovers.
In 2001, I was 16, sitting at the computer in the family room when my best friend, Marla M12, found me on AIM.
I hid a smirk with a frown so my mom wouldn’t wonder what I was up to — at that moment, trying not to be turned on.
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