Sex Ed for Teens: Dating Apps
If you're a human being, you've heard of or been on a dating app at some point during your life. You might have a love/hate relationship with apps, or even little interest in them, but I wanted to talk a bit more in-depth about what these apps are like for those of you looking to dive into the app world. From my personal experience, dating on apps can open you up to a completely new world, but it can also stem a lot of insecurities and added stress factors. Some of the most popular apps are Tinder, Bumble, Hinge, and Grindr. All dating apps focus heavily on physical appearances, and before you join an app, you need to know what you are looking for. Now that we live in the tech centric year of 2018, dating apps can be used for networking and finding friends along with hook-ups and relationships!
If I could suggest one app for you to use (male or female), it would be Bumble. I listened to Whitney (Bumble's founder) on NPR's How I Made This podcast earlier this week, and it was incredibly humbling to see how she has built this particular app from the ground up. Unlike Tinder where you are judged on your appearance, Bumble focuses on other aspects that are crucial when looking for a significant other. As important as appearance may be to some people, what truly matters is what is behind your appearance. Bumble has a very strict policy on how members treat other members, so that if you come across any content that you find not suitable, the Bumble team takes action to make sure that the offender is kicked off of the app. All you have to do is click report on the profile and Bumble will be notified.
Make sure to never meet up with anyone without telling your friends, and always be confident and go into anything knowing who you are and what your worth is! Dating apps are fantastic, but also have risks associated with them. Confidence and safety are key factors to keep in mind! I have no shame in being honest and saying I used to use a lot of dating apps, and I used to leave so many dates feeling like the date definitely could have gone better. That could have been because I wasn't as confident as I am now, or because I was too young, which is why I want to advise all of you to truly know who you are before you start dating. It's hard to be in a relationship when you haven't yet found yourself.