Alyssa didn’t meet this man at school or the mall—she met him on Tinder, the location-based dating app that lets you swipe right for “like” and left for “pass.” Once two people swipe right on each other, they’re matched and can send messages and move the interaction from online to IRL.
“I got messages saying, ‘I’m only a mile away—wanna meet up? She says she’s probably never going to use it again.But Sloan, 17, a senior in Tyler, Texas, says dating apps are becoming more popular among her friends.Tinder recently banned teenagers, but that doesn't mean that their swiping days are over.An app called Spotafriend mimics the Tinder experience, but is exclusively available for teenagers between the ages of 13-19.It includes vehicles whose drivers ride with both Uber and Lyft.
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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.
She confesses her friends thought dating apps were “weird at first, but now they check Bumble like Snapchat and Instagram.” (The company says 10 percent of its users are under 18.) Among the 30-plus minors interviewed for this story, those who have tried dating apps say the main attraction is meeting someone they haven’t already known for years.
“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.
“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.