Up until now dating apps, not to be confused with online dating websites, have had a male heavy demographic—that is, until Tinder came along.Tinder is the latest in a slew of location based hook-up partner finding apps that use GPS to locate future sex-mates. But, it's different than Blendr, the other "Grindr for straight people," and the dozens of others of dating apps out there in one critical aspect: women are actually using it.And if the object of his attention happens to have a fake ID—as teenagers pretending to be older than they are sometimes do, especially when they go to bars or clubs—that is no defense.As Granville, Ohio, attorney Drew Mc Farland notes, the bill imposes a "strict liability" sta ndard, meaning that "even an honest mistake is unforgiven." Mc Farland, who drew my attention to this bill, suggests one such scenario: A mature 17-year-old is lawfully in a liquor-serving establishment and meets a 22-year-old who suggests they go back to his or her place for some sexual fun.It uses all the data and information people put into the social network, without broadcasting anything to the rest of the social network.With that, the app "successfully manages to decrease the creepiness of communicating with strangers ten-fold," write two women on NYU Local.The pair met on the hook-up app “Hot or Not,” which prompted the judge on the case to bemoan, at length, the sexual mores of kids these days.But maybe His Honor should’ve directed the ire a bit higher, at Silicon Valley: After all, that’s where several companies are designing “adult” hook-up apps … Historically, the apps in this space have explicitly required that their users be above 18 or 21, whichever is the local age of majority.
If something suspicious comes up, just ask that mutual friend, who can confirm or deny that they know this is a real-life person.
A word to the wise: this makes it way, way scarier than Tinder and yet somehow more exciting.
Best for private encounters: Tingle (i OS, free) Tingle lets you talk or text without revealing a name and number.
Skipping those you don’t fancy remains anonymous unless they’ve liked you (awkward).
Social media plays a huge part here, firstly through Facebook friends, then via friends of Facebook friends.