There are as many reasons to use a social discovery site as there are people but they include meeting people with like interests such as sports, politics or exercise and — yes — some sites allow and a few even encourage flirting.
There’s nothing wrong with any of these reasons to meet new people.
What’s important is that the services be used appropriately.
It’s natural for parents to be concerned if you think your teen is using a service that could put them in touch with strangers, but before you react, find out not only if your teen is using such a service, but how they are using it.
Just as with all good things in life, there are, of course, risky ways to use social discovery services.
But there are also ways to use these services more safely.
Born in Newcastle, he has an English degree from Queen Mary, London and after working for the NHS, trained as a journalist with the Press Association.
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by Larry Magid One of the hottest new trends is social discovery — websites and smartphone apps that help people meet new people.Although there can be some overlap, these services differ from both dating sites like and traditional social networking sites like Facebook.Unlike dating sites, they don’t necessarily focus on romantic involvement and they differ from social networks that are primarily designed to help people stay in touch with existing friends.Two popular sites (which also offer smartphone apps) are Meet Me and Tagged.Popular smartphone apps in this category include Highlight, Badoo, Skout and Banjo.Twitter is not primarily a social discovery tool, but — by default — everything you post is public and it can lead to private conversations and offline relationships.