In light of the MTV show, Catfish many people are now more aware of how common this is in the online dating world.
Your teen could easily be subjected to a person playing a cruel joke, messing with their emotions or even someone trying to make financial gain because of what they interpret from your teens online social media profiles.
Michael Lynas, chief executive of the trust, said the findings 'reveal a concerning lack of social integration and level of loneliness amongst the next generation of young people, which could be harmful to the UK's economy and well being in the future', the Sunday Times reported.
Dr Jennifer Lau, who led the research at King's College, said: 'Loneliness for teenagers is an issue because they are starting out towards independence.
It’s scrolling through pictures and having an attraction for about a minute.
The attention span on dating apps like Tinder lead many to believe that they can have their cake and eat it too, so to speak.
The findings are laid bare in a report commissioned by the National Citizen Service Trust, which polled 1,000 12 to 17-year-olds and found six out of 10 said they were lonely and one in 20 said they never spent time with friends out of school.