Bumble Adds Social-Distance Dating Filters

Bumble has added new preferences for users to show how they would like to conduct offline dates as lockdown restrictions are lifted.

The new options help singles show what sort of dates they are currently comfortable going on. They can either choose to socially-distance, socially-distance with both parties wearing masks, or to continue with virtual dates.

It’s hoped that the clear options will prevent any awkward conversations from taking place, if some daters continue to remain more cautious than others.

A Bumble spokesperson told the Metro: “Thousands of people have connected virtually on Bumble during the lockdown and they’ve told us that they are excited and ready to date. However, we’ve found that more than 1 in 3 of our users are nervous about meeting in real life. 

“This new feature will help people navigate conversations about what they’re comfortable with and how they want to meet for anxiously awaited first dates.”

The female-first social app has been working hard to encourage virtual dates that follow local government guidelines. It added a number of ‘Date From Home’ features in April including a profile badge and recorded audio notes.

It also produced a few different video campaigns, one which featured actress Tiffany Haddish and rapper Common engaging in their first virtual date.

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