Spotafriend Is The New Tinder For Teens


With Tinder recently closing down its service for under-18s, younger teens must now turn to other apps to find similar connections online.

And one app that is proving popular with the under-18 market is Spotafriend – a friend-finding app that lets teens swipe through other users in a Tinder-style fashion.

Speaking about the app, which has over 1m users, founder Benoit Tessier said: “It’s a social media solution that works for both parents and teens. There’s a lot less anxiety about predators.

“Teenagers are increasingly aware of the dangers of the Internet Age, so a lot of them are happy about the extra security.”

The only major difference between the core of the two apps are their age ranges, and that Spotafriend says “You’ve Made A New Friend,” rather than, “It’s A Match” when two users connect.

Tinder announced in June it had decided to shut its service for under-18s, saying it was “the right thing to do”, despite the fact that it was losing 3% of its global user base.

The service was closed down after years of concerns that users under the age of 18 were being contacted by adults, even though Tinder’s 13-17 service was only supposed to allow under-18s to connect with each other.

This was highlighted in an investigation by Good Morning Britain released just before Tinder’s decision, where a producer posed as a 13-year-old on the site and received inappropriate messages from older men.

The founder of Spotafriend, Benoit Tessier said: “Allowing teens to use a dating app with a largely adult population is simply a bad idea: it invites danger.

“We’re happy to see that Tinder is drawing this line, and we believe it will make younger users much safer.”

And to ensure that only under-18s are using Spotafriend, Tessier and his team built a security system that he says has proved 99% accurate so far.

The security process shows users a picture of someone holding up a certain number of fingers, then asks them to take a selfie doing the same.

Dating app giant Badoo recently introduced a similar verification system on its platform to help keep scammers and fraudsters at bay.

Sportafriend is available for iOS and Android here.

Emma Woodley

Emma is a reporter at Global Dating Insights. Originally from Surrey, she has studied Communication and Media at Bournemouth University and The University of Central Florida. She enjoys socialising with friends, exploring new places and can often be found with her nose in a book.

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