Alyssa, 17, a high school senior in Miami, was texting a new guy she thought was cute. New York magazine’s The Cut website described the Tinder crowd as “single people who hang out at bars,” and it’s become known for facilitating hookups and last-minute dates among those in their 20s and 30s.They were setting up a date when he sent a message that shocked her. To enter a bar, however, you usually have to be 21; the age of admission to Tinder is just 13—and Alyssa’s hardly the only teen on the app.That’s what Alyssa did and how she ended up listed as 18. “If you’re 16 but saying you’re 19, that will put you in an uncomfortable situation should you meet up. Some 18- and 19-year-olds whom Alyssa swiped right on were overtly sexual. (Some popular dating apps, including Hinge and Happn, don’t allow anyone under 18 to join; others like Meet Me and Bumble, on the other hand, do.)Perhaps because of these risks, many teens seem to be cautious.Rachel*, 16, of New York City, lasted just an hour on Tinder.More and more people on Ok Cupid (and other sites such as Plenty of Fish (POF)) use two different profiles.One profile contains great photos and little information, while the other contains great info and vague photos.“Many people using the app aren’t teens,” she notes.
Speaking of POF, the site can be great for finding a match, as it employs an effective matching algorithm and a team of data scientists constantly updating their algorithms (even attempting to stop anyone over the age of 30 from contacting 18 to 21-year-olds).. The site is still an effective tool for someone looking for a match, and can be perfect for the older crowd wanting to keep away from contact by the more than eager young ‘uns.
You might be welcomed, but the moment you try to match with someone is the moment you feel a bit out of place. It’s a dating site used by millions and millions of people worldwide that features a paid, premium option for anyone wanting to take their search for a match more seriously.
The older crowd may have noticed that using Tinder is like going to a college bar.
The site is easy to use, even for the mature crowd that the site appeals to.
According to datingadvice.com, the site features millions of monthly visitors and a higher ratio or women to men, which is a rarity on some dating sites.