Online dating for teens 13 19
This is serious stuff, but when we talked to teens about whether dating apps are being used in their circles, they brushed off the idea.“I don’t think high school kids use dating apps…that’s more for adults,” one high school senior from Ohio told us."We saw each other at the mall when we were both waiting to go see a movie." Until then, Becca and her now-boyfriend's only contact was through Tinder—they messaged every day for almost three months.
With good reason, we mythologize love in adolescence, with its power to plant in our hormonally-fertilized psyches the seeds of memories that will grow more and more sentimental to us into old age.
But along with learning about what it feels like to hold hands at the mall, and to sneak a kiss on the patio steps, it is also a time for teens to learn important concepts such as boundaries, autonomy, and the right to say “No” without consequences.
“We didn’t find out until later how manipulative his girlfriend was being with him. I guess he felt like he was protecting her.” Chris and Jana noticed that Michael was becoming increasingly irritable and moody.
He was spending more late hours with her on the phone.
Though many of these services—like Ok Cupid, Grindr, and Match.com—are only available to users 18 and over, teens like Becca have gotten involved through Tinder, which has no age restriction.