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No mask? No thx. Hinge lets you set safety preferences for COVID-19 dates

Hinge's recent survey shows that love birds have romance and safety on their minds.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of our day-to-day lives and dating is no exception. The virus has had a direct effect on the usage of various dating apps, with lockdowns boosting user traffic on sites like Tinder and Bumble.

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Now, to further adapt to the times, Hinge is offering pandemic safety preferences so you can meet your potential darling without compromising your physical health or theirs.

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Here's what it looks like.

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How many users on Hinge believe that communicating safety rules during the COVID-19 pandemic is key.

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Users are encouraged to communicate their level of comfort so that there is no room for confusion. Successful couples, Hinge adds for good measure, are adept at tackling difficult conversations, and we agree.

Hinge users can check "Open to it" or "No, thanks" to the prompt that says they are "interested in a video chat or call on Hinge."

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“Our users have told us that bringing up COVID-19 safety practices with a match can be difficult, and Safe Dating Preferences helps our community easily communicate what they’re comfortable with for a date.”

Logan Ury, behavioral scientist and dating coach at Hinge

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Talk it through.

Clarity is one of the best approaches for a healthy dating experience.

With Hinge's safety preferences, the ball is in your court. This kind of communication acts like a pretty effective filter, too. If the other person doesn't respect your comfort level, you'll know not to waste your time.

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“Setting these expectations from the start will make it easier for singles to establish trust with their matches early on, leading to a meaningful relationship in the end.”

Logan Ury

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