"We saw each other at the mall when we were both waiting to go see a movie." Until then, Becca and her now-boyfriend's only contact was through Tinder—they messaged every day for almost three months.It's no secret that the dating landscape has changed a lot in the last few years—awkward setups have been traded for e-matchmaking, with research showing that one in 10 people have used a dating site or phone app to connect with potential mates.It weirded me out."Still, it's clear that more and more teens are turning to the internet in pursuit of romance.
Kelsi, a 21-year-old who has met her past two boyfriends online, is a big proponent of matchmaking sites. "There used to be a really big stigma to online dating, but we use computers and phones for everything else— banking, paying bills, keeping organized.For the uninitiated, it works like this: Tinder pulls your photos and basic information from Facebook (age, location, mutual friends, and interests) to create a profile that the app's other users can scroll through.You swipe left to dismiss someone and right if you're interested; if two users both swipe right on each other's profiles, it's a match, and Tinder opens a chat feature to develop the connection.Relationships most likely are not thought of the same at these ages.You will have to assume that either the 13-year-old is stretching herself to meet your son’s expectations of what a relationship is, or that your son is reverting to an earlier maturity level to maintain equal footing with his 13-year-old girlfriend.