Apparently 1 in 5 relationships now begins online, so if teens are interested, maybe it’s because they’re following our example.
For all their interest in sex and relationships, teens can be quite shy about actually speaking to the people they fancy.
Under-18s on Tinder are only matched with other users in the 13-17 age bracket.
You have to sign up with Facebook to create a Tinder account, so theoretically there’s an age verification system in use.
And it’s translating into compulsive pursuits of often unsatisfying sexual experiences.
Another new trend that has accompanied advances in technology is the rise of “”; this can be defined as the use of certain (relatively new) recreational drugs to facilitate sex.
Yet despite this, sexual health clinics and LGBT therapists are seeing rising numbers of gay men accessing support for drug use, issues with sex/intimacy/relationships, and HIV rates continue to rise, year after year.
If you’re not sure where to begin, you might start by saying you’ve read something about it and asking what they think.But anyone can lie about their age when creating a Facebook profile, giving them access to Tinder’s 7% underage users.And even if no one’s being dishonest, many parents might not be happy for their 13-year-old to be matched with a 17-year-old – or for their child to be on a dating app at all. Young people have always been curious about sex and relationships, and because so much socialising happens on the internet, online romance might seem like the logical next step.You could also remind your child of ways to connect with people their own age offline.Even if it’s scary to reach out in person, the risk of a quick rejection is much less serious than meeting someone malicious or dishonest.The ability to have an understanding of one’s sexual and romantic needs...and then to communicate that via a brief, online chat, sidestepping the bravado and torso-pics, is one that is not taught in any sex education class I attended.Another challenge that hides beneath the veil of modern improvement is the popularity of Grindr and other sexual “hook-up” sites and Apps.Few single gay men don’t have such an app on their smartphone, and it came with some distinct bonuses; it brought gay sex and dating out of the public toilets (”cottages”) and public parks/cruising grounds.Some allow or encourage users to sign up with Facebook, which would theoretically verify your age, but often this is optional and all you have to do is enter a birthday.Some older online daters have been known to trim a year or two off their ages, so it’s probably safe to assume that determined under-18s could also figure out how to plug in a fake birthdate. Tinder, for example, is officially 13 and has made headlines by admitting that around 7% of its users are between 13 and 17.