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By Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Photo/location matchmaking app too risky for kids.

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age 16+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 9+

Whats the Problem about Tinder?

Honestly I don't see any problems about this app. This is a good app for people to connect with each other. My next door neighbours, Mr and Mrs Glencross met on Tinder and they are pretty nice people they have a daughter whos very good friends with my daughter, my wife is very good friends with Mrs Glencross and I go to the bar with Mr Glencross every night. I think that people who have never used Tinder just think its full of creepy sugar daddys looking for young gold diggers to have a bit of fun with but actually its full of just normal people looking for someone to love. I think you should give your kids this app.
age 18+

A good idea, though hasn't been very successful for me

First off, to the many people complaining about this app, guys, this is meant for adults. This is not an app for kids. It's not the app's fault that hebephiles (Yeah, there's a difference) use it. Anyway, the idea is good. You can either use this app to find love or just make new friends. In fact, if you specifically state you're just looking for friendship, weirdos surprisingly leave you alone. Honestly, I still can't completely wrap my head around that. However, while I give it a pass for the idea, I can't give it any higher because I have had no success with this app. I have liked and even super liked multiple people and have gotten no matches, despite the fact that I mainly like/super like those with the same interests as me. Is it really so much to ask for one person to respond? Granted, I've been having similar results with the more family friendly equivalent, Bumble. I'm starting to think I'm just unlucky when it comes to dating/friendship apps despite the fact that it's the exact opposite on forums and, heck, even real life.

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  • Personal information is shared for third-party marketing.
  • Personalised advertising is displayed.
  • Data are collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
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  • Unclear whether this product creates and uses data profiles for personalised advertisements.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13 ):
Kids say (9 ):

Although it may be an online version of the way a lot of public in-person matches happen -- first-look impressions leading to brief conversations -- the app's reputation as a spot to find casual sex means it's not a good place for teens. Also, the constant focus on "liking" and "passing" on people's images with only a brief glance turns dating into a purely physical, impersonal game of judging people on appearance. Its importance in the modern dating scene may be debatable, but the fact that it's inappropriate for teens is not.

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