Previously, 13-17 year olds were able to use the app but only had access to other users in their age bracket.
Now Tinder is saying that they will no longer offer this option for what they say is less than 3 percent of its user base.
But there is a marked difference between a 13-year-old and a 16-year-old.
A 16 year old can drive, hold a steady job, apply for university level courses, travel alone and more. A Tinder app based safe space for 16-18 year olds where they can meet people their own age, attend Tinder sponsored events and open up their social and romantic lives isn't an inherently harmful concept.
Research shows that a majority of teenagers, 55%, hit their dating stride between roughly 13-15 years old.
The truth is, outside of school and sports, there aren't very many ways for teenagers to meet and socialize in a way that sets them up for the reality of adult friendships and romantic norms.
If you're talking dating apps, you're most likely talking Tinder.
The app where you swipe users on the screen right or left to match or dismiss them has come under fire in the past for apparently promoting "hook up culture".Now, their newest plan involves raising the cutoff age for users so it becomes an 18+ only app.Sure, it's a band aid to a potential safety issue, but it may not be Tinder's best move.School alone is so insular that it rarely reflects the different of relationships (platonic and otherwise) that seem almost basic to an adult.Absolutely, 13, 14, and 15 year olds should be excluded from dating apps.But 16 and 17 year olds are making decisions that will impact the rest of their lives.