Dating App, “Filter Off” to Hold Virtual Speed Dating Event for Black Singles – Chicago Defender

Dating App, “Filter Off” to Hold Virtual Speed Dating Event for Black Singles – Chicago Defender

Dating and meeting potential romantic partners in the “new normal” looks a lot different from this time last year. People who were accustomed to frequenting bars, nightclubs, lounges, and outdoor events in hopes of meeting someone new, have now relied on dating apps, social media, and various video chatting platforms in search of a potential love connection. And since the onset of the pandemic, there has been quite a surge. However, one dating app has found a way to combine online dating with video chat to provide a unique experience like no other.

Launched a year and a half ago, Filter Off provides users with the opportunity to participate in virtual speed dating events and take advantage of their matchmaking services. Birthed from a place of wanting to provide authenticity and efficiency, founder Zach Schleien said, “The origin behind Filter Off stemmed from my long-time fascination with dating apps and the ability to connect with someone outside of your friend circle. Typical dating apps can take a lot of time with all of the swiping, then going back and forth with messages, only to either not hear from the person at all, finally go on a date and there’s no chemistry, or maybe the person doesn’t look like you thought.”

After being turned down when asking to video chat before meeting in person, Zach became inspired to design an app that’s video first. He says that it “hit the
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