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Finally, Tinder Brings Us A Casual Sex App For Minors

Teens Using Tinder Dating App

Teens Using Tinder Dating App

In good news for creepers everywhere, it looks like Tinder, commonly referred to as “the hook-up app” is popular among a surprising demographic: 13-17 year-olds. Preferring to get my anonymous casual sex the old fashioned-way, I really didn’t know anything about the app, so I went ahead and downloaded it, which should make for some fun dinner conversation later when my husband gets home.

Basically, the app works like this: You hook up your facebook account to the Tinder app, which then accesses your location to provide you with nearby potential matches. You can either swipe left to reject them or swipe right to accept them, and if they swipe right on you, too, you get a notification and then the two of you can message each other, and maybe go grab a soda-pop later or meet up at youth group or something.

Just kidding. Ostensibly, Tinder is for ‘doin it. Tinder founder Justin Mateen maintains that the app wasn’t developed as a hook-up app, just a way to meet new people, but just in case, the app is rated for users 12 and up for “Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity” So that’s a relief. I mean, frequent nudity is one thing, but an occasional nip slip or scrote shot? What twelve year old hasn’t seen a stranger’s pube or two in their lifetime, amirite?

Maybe this all a lot of pearl-clutching. I mean, kids are gonna want to put their bits places, and there’s something less skeevy about two 17 year olds swiping each other right, but it also seems like this is a great opportunity for pervoids to scope out where kids live. Also, it’s not like it’s terribly difficult to make a fake profile on facebook and link it with Tinder for the sole purpose of creeping on tweens and teens.

Like a lot of dating apps and sites, there’s already a fair share of trolls and borderline Lester-the-molester types, as evidenced by the Tinder Creeps facebook page. Personally, I try not to get too paranoid about every little thing, but online predators are no joke, so I’d be lying if I said this didn’t make me wary.

Since my child is already more technologically inclined than I am, having locked me out of my own iPad twice and invited most of my friends to play Candy Crush, I’m just going to have to hope that this whole internet fad passes soon, preferably in the next five to seven years.

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  • TwentiSomething Mom

    You pointed out something very important- the app uses their FB account to access their location. That is very scary because this makes it so much easier for adults to prey on kids.

  • Kendra

    All around, this sucks. For the reason you mentioned (creeps) but also for this important bit. I do not plan on becoming up in arms if my teen decides to have sex. However, I certainly would hope that would be with a boyfriend and not a bunch of randos via an app. I’m not okay with sex with randos.

    • TwentiSomething Mom

      Right, its one thing to teach your teen about safe sex and teen pregnancy with their boyfriend or girlfriend but its so crazy that kids are just looking to hook up with someone because they’re horny and close by.

  • CMJ
    • Bethany Ramos

      GEORGE IS GETTING UPSET!

  • Valerie

    Again. Please Lord. Break the fucking internet before my daughter is 12 years old. I beg of you.

    • https://twitter.com/FaintlyXMacabre Theresa Edwards

      I’m telling you. Get a Jitterbug http://www.greatcall.com/Jitterbug/

    • Valerie

      Only $14.99 a month?! Theresa, tell me more!

    • https://twitter.com/FaintlyXMacabre Theresa Edwards

      I think the Jitterbug speaks for itself, really.

    • Robotic Socks

      Then you and I will never be able to communicate… unless we start our own sexting ring!

    • Valerie

      We would find a way, Socks. We would find a way. Sexting would be a great start. If you can get past Romeo, that is.

    • Robotic Socks

      Sexting would be the end all be all! YES!

  • Robotic Socks
    • https://twitter.com/FaintlyXMacabre Theresa Edwards

      I TRIED SO HARD TO MAKE A CHRIS HANSEN JOKE

    • Valerie

      He is soooo creepy.

    • Robotic Socks

      Me? :(

    • Valerie

      Dude, no. Chris Hansen.

    • Robotic Socks

      Whew, cuz it sounded like it was directed at me

    • Valerie

      Never!

    • TwentiSomething Mom

      I honestly don’t know how he could keep a straight face reading off some of those chat transcripts to the predators.

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      “Why don’t you have a seat right over there?…..” And the dude is so busted.

    • Valerie

      Yup. With his box of flavored condoms and 6 pack of Mikes Hard Lemonade.

  • Kat

    Ive already seen plenty of girls using this app in my school. the scariest part is they think its fate if they both swipe right. I really don’t understand.

    • Kay_Sue

      Strictly speaking, they’re as likely to both swipe right as they are to both swipe left. Someone get these girls a statistics course, stat. Probability, possibility and fate are not the same thing.

  • Tea

    Feels like how OKCupid was when I was a young teen, which we used for quizzes and got creeped on by lots of old bastards.

    I would say this horrifies me, but I saw a lot of really young guys on Gindr when it first came out and I drunk-installed it.

    • https://twitter.com/FaintlyXMacabre Theresa Edwards

      a/s/l?

    • Tea

      24/M/Connecticut/God I feel old now…

    • Robotic Socks

      Wait, so is “God” part of your profile?

    • Tea

      Only on fetlife.

    • Robotic Socks

      Oh, is that any better than the Mommyish Sext Ring?

    • Tea

      Only if you don’t mind hairy guys who want to call you “daddy”

    • Robotic Socks

      z’ok, I’ll pass

    • CMJ

      This entire conversation has made me lol.

    • https://twitter.com/FaintlyXMacabre Theresa Edwards

      So pretty much the same? I keed, I keed.

    • Kay_Sue

      I hereby motion that no one in their mid-twenties be allowed to refer to themselves as “old” on this forum. :-P

    • Tea

      But I’m cranky and blind and my joints hurt…

    • Robotic Socks

      It’s so nice that blind people chat on the internet.

    • Tea

      There are whole chat rooms and forums all for us to make fun of sighted people and laugh at when speech to text programs make us blurt out random shit. Those things make auto correct look smart.

    • Robotic Socks

      OK, this dude is gonna replace me LOL

    • Kay_Sue

      No matter. ENJOY YOUR YOUTH! ;)

    • Valerie

      Or early 30′s! You’re welcome, Bethy. And Socks, I think.

    • Bethany Ramos

      YES! <3

    • Obladi Oblada

      Mother of pearl…I’m so far out of my twenties that I’ve nearly doubled it. haha

    • Kay_Sue

      Is that a second?;)

    • Obladi Oblada

      Yes! Almost in my second set of twenties…dangerously close…and today I’m feeling every second of it. What a week.

    • itpainsme2say

      YOURE ONLY 24

    • Valerie

      Holy crap, stfu. I have underwear older than you.

      Ok, I don’t. Just trying to make a point.

    • Robotic Socks

      Well, let’s see pictures of all your underwear and we can judge.

    • Valerie

      We trade. You tell me the last letter of your first name and I will post a pic of my ratty period underwear.

    • Obladi Oblada

      Hahahahahaha

    • http://nessyhart.wordpress.com/ pixie

      Aw, I’m practically the same age as you, so you’re not that old. ;) (will be 24 in September, I have a late birthday)

    • CMJ

      See, this reminds me of old school AIM/AOL. AND NOW I FEEL REALLY OLD.

    • Robotic Socks

      ♫♪.ılılıll|̲̅̅●̲̅̅|̲̅̅=̲̅̅|̲̅̅●̲̅̅|llılılı.♫♪

      ¸¸♬·¯·♩¸¸♪·¯·♫¸¸ party like it’s 1999!!!!!!! ¸¸♬·¯·♩¸¸♪·¯·♫¸¸

    • Valerie

      Omg, keyboard voodoo!

    • https://twitter.com/FaintlyXMacabre Theresa Edwards

      Oh, the good old days, when if you were gonna get creeped on, it was either gonna be at Sparkles Roller Rink or in AOL TeenChat

    • CMJ

      while your mom was yelling at you to get off the internet cause she needed to make a damn phone call.

    • https://twitter.com/FaintlyXMacabre Theresa Edwards
    • Tea

      Sparkly gif Backgrounds and neon text! – 666xXxtealuvrxXx666

    • Kay_Sue

      You and me both. Also Yahoo chat rooms. Nothing but creeps as far as the eye could see.

    • CMJ

      oh god. creep city.

    • Valerie

      I remember this guy saying he was 26 and wanting to meet me. We met in an AOL chat room. I was freaking 14 and told him so. Luckily, I was smart enough not to tell him anything beyond that. Effing creeper.

    • Robotic Socks
    • Valerie

      32/f/ny

    • http://nessyhart.wordpress.com/ pixie

      23/f/Greater Toronto Area (which is a pretty large area, you’ll never find me *evil cackle*)

    • Obladi Oblada

      39/F/TN
      Wow…been a while since I typed that. At least the F/TN part. :)

  • val97

    Stuff like this is scary, but I think the best thing we can do is always let our kids feel like they can talk to us. It’s not as easy as it sounds and you have to find what works because every kid is different – I have a quiet teenager who prefers to talk about sports, technology, science, politics – basically any subject other than his personal life. We put a lot of effort into getting him to open up. It would be easy to just leave him alone and let him be – he’s an easy going kid and, for a teenager, no trouble at all, but then we would have no clue about anything (which is how my parents were with me).