“The fact that they’re on at all is definitely concerning,” she said.
If you're like a lot of gay teens (not to mention the hetero ones), you might feel overwhelmed by the thought of dating.
So there is some evidence that youth are getting lots more out of these apps than just sexual relationships.”Dr.
Hector Torres, chief program officer at the Center on Halsted, an LGBT community center in Lakeview, said he found the study to be “alarming and surprising.” So did Denise De Rosa, mother of three and cyber-safety consultant from Bethesda, Md.
“The sex or hooking up apps are scary because of their bluntness and access, yet Facebook, Snapchat and other apps are often used the same way.
We just don’t study them as much.”When asked about the study results, Grindr offered this statement: “Grindr does not condone illegal or improper behavior and we are troubled that an underage person may have been using our app in violation of our terms of service. Grindr encourages anyone aware of any illegal or improper activity on the app to submit a report either within the app or via email.”As with any social media site teenagers use, there are benefits and drawbacks.