While some people have found true love through Tinder, the dating app is more associated with hook-ups, which is probably something you don't want your kids to be doing. The minimum age for using Tinder used to be 13 but that is about to change as the company wants to present a more responsible image. Here's what you need to know.
Tinder launched in 2012 and was free to use for anybody over 13 years old. People between the ages of 13 and 17 are separated into a different category so they can only see the profiles of people in that group. Now Tinder is committed to changing the minimum age for its app from 13 to 18.
According to a statement from Tinder's vice-president of communications Rosette Pambakian:
"On a platform that has facilitated over 11 billion connections, we have the responsibility of constantly assessing our different user experiences. Consistent with this responsibility, we have decided to discontinue service for under 18 users. We believe this is the best policy moving forward. This change will take effect next week."
Only a small portion of Tinder's users are under the age of 18 so the impact of this change may not be that big.
On the one hand, it's nice to see Tinder becoming a more responsible organisation but on the other hand, online dating is such a normal way to meet people these days. So is it all that bad to let youngsters use Tinder to connect with new people? What are your thoughts on the Tinder policy change? Let us know in the comments.
[Via Tech Crunch]