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“The fact that they’re on at all is definitely concerning,” she said.“There should be some type of mechanism to prevent this.

She suggests parents step up their game to find out what their teen’s favorite apps are and which ones they stay on the longest.“I wouldn’t want anyone to go meet someone without really, fully vetting these people or maybe telling a parent,” she said.Kathryn Macapagal, an author on the study and research assistant professor of medical social sciences at the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.“But we found that teens in this study were super excited that somebody was paying attention with what was going on in their lives and how these apps played a role in their sexual development and coming-out process,” she said.A new Northwestern Medicine study (published in the Journal of Adolescent Health) found that more than 50 percent of sexually active gay and bisexual boys ages 14 to 17 use dating (also known as hook-up) apps like Grindr (21 ) and Scruff (18 ) to find new friends and boyfriends.