And the experts we talked to agree that 13 or 14 is too young for such platforms, but opinions differ on whether they’re appropriate for older teens. Greenberg says she hasn’t heard complaints from clients that Tinder’s just a hookup site.
“Safety concerns me a bit, but it gives teens an opportunity to get some- thing started outside of their own school,” she points out.
So, while Kiribati experiences the auspicious second at on December 11, 2012 (UTC), clocks around the world will still show a very different time, and about half the planet will not even have entered December 12 yet.
“We want people to be safe,” says Rosette Pambakian, Tinder’s vice president of global communica- tions and branding. In 2012 the meeting app Skout temporarily suspended its under-18 section, which had safeguards similar to Tinder’s, after adult men were accused of raping and sexually assaulting minors in three separate incidents.“If you’re not lying about your age, we’re not showing you 40-year-olds.” Still, teens can easily circum- vent this hurdle by lying about their age on Facebook, which is how Tinder authenticates new users (the minimum age to join Facebook is 13). According to Augusta Nissly, the program coordinator for Family Online Safety Institute, lying is one of the most dangerous things you can do when using dating apps. They allegedly pretended to be under 18 in order to lure their victims.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.At that moment, the numerical pattern will consist of no less than six repetitions: 12-12-12 Countdown to 12-12-12 (UTC)The rare numerical pattern may make some people believe that something extraordinary will occur at this very moment.However, the global significance of 12-12-12 is undermined by the fact that it occurs at different times in every time zone around the world.The company won’t reveal its exact number of users, but it did disclose that 2.5 percent are people ages 13 to 17.If you do the math based on a late-2014 story in The New York Times, which reported that the app had nearly 50 million active users at the time, you’re left with well over a million users under 18 on the platform.Even so, special date patterns occur more often than you might think.According to popular belief, 12-12-12 is a lucky date that will bring good fortune.But Sloan, 17, a senior in Tyler, Texas, says dating apps are becoming more popular among her friends.This past August she started interning for Bumble—the app works like Tinder, but only women are allowed to initiate conversations—which entails promoting it at her school.