Unless you're single, you might not be familiar with dating apps such as Tinder, where users can quickly swipe through prospective dates.
They're then placed in the appropriate peer group, where they can post to a feed, comment on others' posts, add pictures and chat.
According to the company's own estimates, about seven percent of Tinder's users are age 13 to 17.
Although adults use these apps both for casual hookups and for scouting out more long-term relationships, they're risky for teens.
is probably the safest choice, if only because it has a teens-only section that seems to be moderated reasonably well.
For starters, although many of the apps aren't intended for them, it's easy for savvy teens to get around registration-related age restrictions. Location-sharing increases the potential for a real-life meeting; less dangerous but still troubling is the heavy emphasis on looks as a basis for judgment.
It's possible that teens are only testing boundaries with these apps.