“Many people using the app aren’t teens,” she notes.
“They may claim to be one, but that doesn’t make it true.”If you decide to use a dating app, Nissly advises doing some sleuthing.
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Alyssa, for instance, downloaded Tinder after breaking up with a classmate; she didn’t want to go out with someone else she passed in the halls every day.
And the experts we talked to agree that 13 or 14 is too young for such platforms, but opinions differ on whether they’re appropriate for older teens. Greenberg says she hasn’t heard complaints from clients that Tinder’s just a hookup site.
This past August she started interning for Bumble—the app works like Tinder, but only women are allowed to initiate conversations—which entails promoting it at her school.
All Paid users can message and post and they also have added benefits.“We want people to be safe,” says Rosette Pambakian, Tinder’s vice president of global communica- tions and branding. In 2012 the meeting app Skout temporarily suspended its under-18 section, which had safeguards similar to Tinder’s, after adult men were accused of raping and sexually assaulting minors in three separate incidents.“If you’re not lying about your age, we’re not showing you 40-year-olds.” Still, teens can easily circum- vent this hurdle by lying about their age on Facebook, which is how Tinder authenticates new users (the minimum age to join Facebook is 13). According to Augusta Nissly, the program coordinator for Family Online Safety Institute, lying is one of the most dangerous things you can do when using dating apps. They allegedly pretended to be under 18 in order to lure their victims.If you do the math based on a late-2014 story in The New York Times, which reported that the app had nearly 50 million active users at the time, you’re left with well over a million users under 18 on the platform.As a precaution, minors on Tinder can see only other minors. D., a clinical psychologist who specializes in adolescents, says, “If that’s how they’re making conversation, cut it off.”Adults who want to prey on children can lie about their age too.