Mädchen vs Mädel


I have just seen this sentence “Das Mädel in meiner Klasse gefällt mir sehr gut” which means “I really like the girl in my class”.
When would you use “Mädel” instead of “Mädchen”. I assume it is not very common.



I think the answer is that you probably wouldn't use Mädel assuming from your name that you are male.
According to:
It is colloquial for girl, used mostly used in central and southern Germany among groups of female friends.

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