Quarantine Together is a dating app for these times – CNN
But even as millions of Americans stay at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, nothing is stopping them from dating online. Daniel Ahmadizadeh and Christopher Smeder designed Quarantine Together, a dating app for exactly this moment.
“People need to stay home and people will be lonely when they stay at home,” Ahmadizadeh said.
He bought the domain name on March 8 and the website and app launched on March 15.
“We wanted to build something that is not just great for others, but for our selfish purposes so we don’t get bored,” Ahmadizadeh said. “I watch basketball when I get home but that’s not on.”
But as the coronavirus crisis became increasingly serious, the app’s opportunity with virtual dating became clear.
The app is text-based. Every day at 6 p.m., the app asks its registered users whether they washed their hands. If they say yes, they are introduced to another user by text. After 15 minutes, the matched users will be offered a link to video chat.
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