Dating in the Time of Coronavirus

California, 1 April 2020 – The one-two punch of self isolation and business closures means we’re missing out on the everyday exchanges that make us human, from sharing a smile in Chem class to the chance to Netflix & Chill. And while we all know we need to stay home, the Tinder community has shown us that this doesn’t mean we have to be alone with our thoughts and a tower of Top Ramen.

In this challenging time, Tinder members are finding new ways to connect. As an area becomes more affected by physically-isolating measures, new conversations are happening there. This epidemic is also changing the tenor of connection in the hardest hit places.  More people are using Tinder bios to show their concern for others (‘how is everyone’) instead of their life motto. Tinder subscribers are reaching out across the world, using the Passport feature, to find solidarity with matches 1000s of miles away.  Tinder has made its Passport feature, which allows people to connect with anyone, anywhere in the world, available for free to all members through 30 April.  

Tinder members can use the Passport feature to transport themselves out of self-quarantine to anywhere in the world. They can check in on folks in their hometown, college town, or sister city, and find those across the world who are going through the same things. To change location on Passport, tap the profile icon, select settings, tap location and select add a new location. Happy Dating!

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