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“I think we’re wasting a lot with that phone system,” he said.
Unless you're single, you might not be familiar with dating apps such as Tinder, where users can quickly swipe through prospective dates.
But it's likely your teen knows all about these apps -- even though they're mostly designed for adults.
According to the company's own estimates, about seven percent of Tinder's users are age 13 to 17.
Raven’s Twitter feed features a photo of a scantily clad woman, and many of the personal messages left on the Minnesota-based chat service are explicit.
“I don’t know if you could go to the person and say you need to pay back the government,” he said.
Although adults use these apps both for casual hookups and for scouting out more long-term relationships, they're risky for teens.
For starters, although many of the apps aren't intended for them, it's easy for savvy teens to get around registration-related age restrictions. Location-sharing increases the potential for a real-life meeting; less dangerous but still troubling is the heavy emphasis on looks as a basis for judgment.
Yet one commissioner has used his government-paid cellphone to call such numbers at least 240 times since August 2011, according to phone records. Johnson, who represents a district in Columbia Heights, spent more than 158 hours — nearly a week — on the “D. Because the additional charges were nominal, the situation regarding possible sanctions is “nuanced,” Simon said.
The person who answered that number last week acknowledged he knew Johnson but declined to identify himself. Johnson also used the ANC phone for about three hours for more than a dozen calls to Pete Ross, a D. businessman who ran unsuccessfully for shadow senator this year. Use of the phone for political purposes would also be an illicit use of government resources, under city laws. Johnson said he often calls the chat lines while driving home from a nightclub he co-owns in Baltimore.
“Still, it’s a public resource that’s not supposed to be diverted for personal use.” Johnson, who is up for reelection Tuesday, said he would have no problem if told to get his own personal phone.
And he said other commissioners have discussed switching to a less costly cellphone plan.