How the pandemic has changed dating … for the better – Today.com
Quarantining and social distancing may not seem romantic, but some data indicates that some people are thinking about dating more than before.
Tinder recorded its highest single day of swiping this year, while Bumble hit a milestone of 100 million users. Some apps, like Hinge, are integrating new features, like in-app video chatting, to help people connect online.
Dr. Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist and the chief science advisor at Match.com, has studied love and relationships for 40 years and she told TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager that the pandemic has led to a major change on dating apps.
“This pandemic has led to more conversations, on all of the dating sites actually, more meaningful conversations, more self-disclosure, more intimacy (and) less anxiety about sex and money,” she said Monday on TODAY with Hoda and Jenna, adding that she thinks the pandemic may have actually improved the modern dating world for that reason.
Lateif Killingsworth, a Tinder user, said that he has seen had “more genuine conversations” since the pandemic began.
“If we’re swiping on each other, considering that we can’t meet up with each other, it has to be something more,” he said.
It’s not just popular apps seeing an increase in users. New companies, like Daniel Ahmadizadeh’s texting service “Quarantine Together,” are also seeing success, with more than 30,000 users around the world signing up