The precautionary measure won't effect the majority of Tinder's user base.
A Tinder spokeswoman says that users age 17 and younger only amount to about 3 percent, or around 1.5 million users out of 50 million.
Tinder is not the only popular app to introduce age restrictions.
Other dating sites, such as Ok Cupid and Hinge, have long had age restrictions, and many other social media platforms restrict their users by age.
Isn't the whole point of internet dating that you can meet someone new?
This hook up app for friends (and friends of friends) is the equivalent of passing 'I Like You' notes in class.
The USP: Gives you the chance to tell your friends (rather than strangers) that you want to sleep with them.Nineteen-year-old Zach Anderson, center, was sentenced to 25 years on Indiana’s sex offender registry after he slept with a girl who lied about her age on the hook-up app Hot or Not.Hot or Not is one of several hook-up apps that welcomes both children and adults. Young/Detroit News via AP) Zach Anderson, an Indiana teenager, was recently sentenced to 25 years on that state’s sex offender registry after he slept with a 14-year-old who told him she was 17.Pros: There is a strange thrill in being able to 'swipe' that acquaintance you've always fancied, asking them for a date (up) or telling them you want to sleep with them (down). Cons: It pulls in every single woman who happens to be your friend on Facebook, even if they haven't joined Down yet (your cowardly come on will be waiting for them if they ever do), making it rather pointless.
Verdict: The more you think about it, the less sense Down makes.But Hot or Not welcomes anyone over 13, the absolute minimum age set by a 1998 law that governs children’s online privacy.