Christian view on dating age
The precautionary measure won't effect the majority of Tinder's user base.
Other dating sites, such as Ok Cupid and Hinge, have long had age restrictions, and many other social media platforms restrict their users by age.Other apps that require users to be over the age of 18, such as Kik, have already faced criticism from those who say their anonymity makes disguising one's age too easy.There have been several instances of older men luring young teenagers, supposedly protected by Kik's minimum age restriction, into relationships.The problem, according to tech experts, is that age limits are difficult to enforce. According to the BBC, a study of young people on social media showed that 78 percent of children under the age of 13 (the most common age restriction for social media website) were using social media.Popular sties such as Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram all require users to be at least 13.Some are more stringent, with Whats App setting an age requirement of 16, and Vine requiring users to be 18.
But even with an official company policy, it's not always easy to prevent younger users from creating false profiles with fake older ages.
Some question the effectiveness of Tinder's decision, saying that young people under the age of 18 often already attempt to move into the higher age classification by making false Facebook profiles (Tinder builds its profiles by connecting to existing Facebook profiles).
Dating app Tinder announced yesterday that by next week, teenagers under the age of 18 will no longer be able to use the app, due to concerns about responsibility and safety.
As it stands, teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 have been allowed to use the app, although their potential Tinder "matches" have been restricted to other app users within their age group.
Now, Tinder is seeking to change all that."On a platform that has facilitated over 11 billion connections, we have the responsibility of constantly assessing our different user experiences," wrote Tinder in a statement.
"Consistent with this responsibility, we have decided to discontinue service for under 18 users."Tinder has a reputation of facilitating hookups instead of relationships, a factor that may have influenced the platform's decision to establish an age restriction.