Tinder food stamps: Using the dating app to exchange sex for free meals and other items, a sort of soft prostitution that has become normalized by social media.“Some sugar babies have Amazon Wish Lists where they tell their sugar daddies what they would like to have,” Sales writes.
Kik was the app cited in the January murder of 13-year-old Nicole Madison Lovell in Blacksburg, Va.
The day before she died, Nicole showed neighbors Kik messages she had exchanged with an 18-year-old boy she was to meet that night.
Two Virginia Tech freshmen are currently accused of her premeditated kidnapping and killing.
What Sales makes clear is just how prevalent social media is in the life of an American teenager.
“Especially if it’s like sixth-grade girls posting pictures in their bras.
Or like they use them to talk crap about each other,” clarifies 15-year-old Kayla from Boca Raton in the book.
An adult might be on Facebook and Twitter, but they probably haven’t even heard of most of the apps that teens use, let alone how they use them.) “What’s being expressed on social media has been percolating in our culture for decades,” Sales tells The Post.
“But I was really troubled by the sexual harassment of teenage girls.
“There are studies showing that kids now are less able to have a conversation and make eye contact. Well, whenever you have a situation in which people are dehumanized, women and girls suffer more. It becomes easier [for boys] to see someone as a thing, rather than a person.” Case in point: the widespread demands for nude photos, sometimes by a crush or boyfriend, but often just from a random guy at school.