Journalists, child advocacy organizations, parents and psychologists have argued that the sexualization of girls is a broad and increasing problem and is harmful to girls.
Dating apps and sites provide an alternative.” As to whether they might be using those apps to find friends, Bogle said categories and definitions are so blurry that it’s definitely a possibility.
The purpose of the present study was to descriptively examine the prevalence and frequency of various stalking behaviors among male and female college students in a current dating relationship ( = 650).
Results demonstrated that the prevalence of some stalking behaviors were as high as 38 % in the previous 6 months.
“I find it a little bit of a stretch of reality that they’re looking for friends -- with that agenda -- with this app,” she said.
Students are already surrounded by loads of people their own age with similar interests and plenty of opportunity to interact, she explained -- a near-perfect petri dish for incubating friendships.
Only 20 percent of the 200 students surveyed by campus jobs start-up Way Up said they used the app for casual sex, and less than a third said they were looking for a significant other. At least a few people are indeed looking for friends on Tinder, Paul said, which she knows because she’s met some of them, but they weren’t college students.