For many Amish teens, Rumspringa means hard partying, dating, cars — and Facebook. So much for “What happens in Rumspringa stays in Rumspringa.”
Starting in their mid-teens, Amish teenagers enter Rumspringa (translated: "to run around"). It's a time when they can toss aside many of the Amish rules; during weekends, they're free to explore the outside world from which they've been largely absent. At Rumspringa's end, the teenagers make a choice: to leave their community, or to accept Baptism and stay.
There is a huge spectrum in terms of how much different Amish communities embrace the modern world, even during Rumspringa. But the more liberal ones party hard, take road trips, watch tons of television, dress like non-Amish — and embrace the internet.
Computers are still rare, since they're much harder than phones to charge on solar- and battery-operated generators, or car batteries, which they use instead of regular electricity. (Rumspringa kids usually live at home, despite common misconception.)
But iPhones are coveted. Teens in Rumspringa can be found texting and messaging constantly ("off work nw let start da wknd;)lol," wrote one Amish girl on Facebook).
YouTube, too, is big. As for social media, some post on Instagram, tweet, and join Meetme (which Noah Hershberger, a 22-year-old who recently left the Amish, describes as "a perverted site with lots of girls looking for sex"). No other site, however, has taken off as massively as Facebook amongst the Amish teens. Everyone is on Facebook.