In fact, co-founder Justin Mateen recently disclosed that more than 7 percent of Tinder users are between 13 and 17, a significant chunk considering 35-to-44-year-olds constitute just 6.5 percent.
For the uninitiated, it works like this: Tinder pulls your photos and basic information from Facebook (age, location, mutual friends, and interests) to create a profile that the app's other users can scroll through.
There are countless reasons why it’s hard for college students to meet new people.
For example, the creators of Date My first got their idea for the site after their female friends complained that they were spending most of their time with other students enrolled in the school of social work, most of whom were women.
It was relatively rare for teens in our focus groups to talk about meeting romantic partners online. These interactions have their own unwritten – but widely understood – rules.
Some teens explained that they would not trust someone they met online because of the likelihood of misrepresentation, while others were generally distrustful of all strangers online. I was dating this girl that I met through a social website that probably hardly anybody knows about. Everything from one’s choice of emoji to the spelling of the word “hey” can carry a deeper meaning.
Some of the best places online to meet other teens aren't actually labeled as dating sites; instead, they are geared toward socializing and meeting other people with similar interests.
Students today are busier than ever, especially with more of them having to work to help pay for tuition.
Between classes, work, student groups and hanging out with friends, it’s hard to find time for dating.
Fortunately, many online dating services have made the process of finding a date easy.
Find out which of these sites target the college crowd and why they’re better for students.
At her senior prom in Texas, Becca was surrounded by hundreds of friends, classmates, and teachers she'd grown up with.