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Wait until college to use Tinder

Due to its many dangers, students should wait until college to use the dating app Tinder.

Due to its many dangers, students should wait until college to use the dating app Tinder.

Lauren Vanden Bosch

Due to its many dangers, students should wait until college to use the dating app Tinder.

Lauren Vanden Bosch

Lauren Vanden Bosch

Due to its many dangers, students should wait until college to use the dating app Tinder.

Lauren Vanden Bosch, Web Editor

Online dating is no longer the social taboo that it once was. As more and more people have successfully used it to find a friend, spouse, or partner, it has gradually become a more mainstream and acceptable way to meet people. According to the Pew Research Center, today almost half of American adults have at least one acquaintance who uses online dating.

But when it comes to teens and Tinder, there are many more risks involved. High schoolers should wait until they’re at least in college before creating a Tinder account, and here’s why:

Illegal First and foremost, as of 2016 Tinder is no longer authorized for minors to use. That means that if you’re a high schooler using Tinder, you most likely lied about your age. Deceit is never a good idea, especially when trying to find and form a new relationship with a significant other.

No guarantee of safety As in other corners of the Internet, not everyone on Tinder is a bona fide bachelor or bachelorette innocently looking for love. There has been, and probably always will be, predators, pedopiles, and trolls who join and use the platform simply to take advantage of its youngest and most vulnerable users (i.e. teenagers and/or minors).

Sexual harassment Where there aren’t trolls, there are cyberbullies. Their main goal is to destroy the self esteem and mental well-being of their victims. The #MeToo movement has revealed to the U.S. and the world the alarming prevalence of sexual abuse and gender inequality. When it happens often enough in real life, why not avoid it when you can by staying away from Tinder?

Consent issues Each Tinder user wants and expects something different from the app; some may be searching for a casual relationship while others for a deeper connection with another person. This can easily lead to pressure on one user from another to engage in behaviors or acts that they might not be comfortable with.

Even in an age of digital connectivity, it may be reassuring to note that most American relationships still begin offline. Teens who really want romance in their lives are better off finding it in their day-to-day lives ― not on Tinder.

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