It’s an article describing some research about how teenagers are playing out their relationships more and more online.
I found the following quote particularly sad. Despite desiring physical interaction teens still resort to a cheaper, unsatisfying, alternative online. While they now have “far greater access to networked publics” I think they also have greater access to the mall and movie theatres than I ever had when I was their age.
Boyd also observed that technology had made it far more common for relationships to be played out in cyberspace - over instant-messaging tools and MySpace - than in the real world. "While physical interactions are deeply desired, they are typically quite rare," she said. "Although the mall and move [sic] theater are still desired outtings [sic] for teen couples, many have far greater access to networked publics like MySpace than they do to unmediated publics."
The SMH article is based off this blog post.