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What the Tech: Hoop App—Tinder for teens?

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(–DARRELL–)DATING APPS ARE VERY POPULAR WITH ADULTS WITH NEARLY A THIRD OF AMERICANS OVER THE AGE OF 18- CURRENTLY USING THEM BUT, DO KIDS NEED A DATING APP? JAMEY TUCKER TAKES A LOOK AT AN APP THAT'S GONE VIRAL FOR KIDS 12 AND UP

"Hoop" is not specifically a dating app, but that's what most everyone seems to be using it for It's being referred to as being Tinder, for anyone over the age of 12 Hoop uses a person's Snapchat account and searches for people they might want to connect with and make new friends Like dating apps, photos for each person appear and you can dismiss them, or ask for their Snapchat information "Hoop" does give the user control over how much information a stranger can see

Their location doesn't pop up on the screen, nor their real name They do see photos, age and a username "Hoop" suggests potential connections based on age group But like almost any other social media account, anyone can lie about their age When I set up an account, I said I was 25

10 minutes later I was getting requests for my Snapchat information I imagine if I had said I was 13 the photos would be from kids in that age group As for what's happening on the platform, some users are looking for serious relationships, while others are asking for one-nighters and hook-ups and requests to trade pictures Hoop is rated okay for kids 12 years old and up It has 4 and a half stars in Apple's app store and since it went viral, it's been downloaded over 2 and a half million times

That's What the Tech? I'm Jamey Tucker 3 (–DARRELL–) USERS OF THE APP CAN REPORT ANYONE POSTING PORNOGRAPHY, THREATS, AND HATE SPEECH AND THOSE ACCOUNTS WILL BE REMOVED

3 (–DARRELL–)TOBIN IS IN NEXT WITH SPORTS

Source: Youtube

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