Previously, 13-17 year olds were able to use the app but only had access to other users in their age bracket.

Now Tinder is saying that they will no longer offer this option for what they say is less than 3 percent of its user base.

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Now, their newest plan involves raising the cutoff age for users so it becomes an 18 only app.

Sure, it's a band aid to a potential safety issue, but it may not be Tinder's best move.

When you’re a teen, dating helps you learn how to interact with others, make friends, have fun, and learn and practice respect and courtesy.

These skills will be helpful in your social interactions and then later in courtship and marriage.

Admittedly, I don't know a lot of 13-17 year olds who use dating apps.

Also admittedly, I don't know a lot of 13-17 year olds.

Answers are intended for help and perspective, not as pronouncements of Church doctrine.

says, “Dating can help you develop lasting friendships and eventually find an eternal companion” ([2001], 24).

Your ultimate goal is to spend eternity with Heavenly Father, and in His kingdom we will live as eternal families.