Tinder Kicks Out Minors

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Tinder has announced they will restrict their service to users over 18.
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Sorry, teens; you’re going to have to find a new place to look for dates. Tinder is officially 18 and over.

At its inception in 2012, teens between ages 13-17 had access to the app, though they were limited strictly to their own peer group. However, due to safety and other legitimate concerns, Tinder removed their access and will now continue as an adult-only site.

Tinder spokeswoman Rosette Pambakian said the decision came after assessing the pros and cons of allowing teenagers to use their app.

“On a platform that has facilitated over 11 billion connections, we have the responsibility of constantly assessing our different user experiences,” Pambakian said. “Consistent with this responsibility, we have decided to discontinue service for under 18 users.”

In 2014, Tinder co-founder Justin Mateen told numerous media outlets that the site was nothing more than a great way for kids to meet other like-minded people, even telling the Guardian that Tinder was originally a “social discovery” site for people to connect and not necessarily date. As to be expected, many parents’ group thought differently, and this decision should make many people very happy.

While there are many instances of people making friends from Tinder, along with marriages and babies resulting from connections, Tinder has found itself at the forefront of what many call a “hook up culture”–where young people are forgoing relationships for casual encounters. Many people think of Tinder as the place to go when looking for meaningless sex and nothing more. Naturally, it makes a lot of sense to have kids far away from the site, even if they were relegated to people their own age.

The adult only changes take effect this week.

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