Hinge has launched a new virtual dating feature that helps users continue to have meaningful interactions while on a video call with their matches.
‘Video Prompts’ are a number of conversation starters that encourage users to open up about their personalities and interests. There are eight conversation themes, which vary from simple questions to get to know each other, cues to get intimate and romantic, and crazy ideas which will lead to shared laughter.
Each theme contains five prompts for one person to swipe through, but both participants can see the options so they can mutually agree which questions to ask
Chief Product Officer Tim MacGougan said in a statement: “Hinge was the first dating app to introduce Prompts to profiles, and we’re excited to bring this innovation to virtual dates.
“Video Prompts helps you spark a good conversation during a video date and ultimately decide if you want to meet in person.”
The release of the new feature comes as singles on Hinge continue to take part in virtual dates while social distancing measures remain in place. According to company data, 65% of users who have been on a video date plan to continue doing them in the future.
During a recent interview with Business Insider, Hinge CEO Justin McLeod explained that he believes matches will have short video dates to determine whether or not they are compatible enough to meet offline. However, he made it clear that he doesn’t think video calls will ever replace in person meetings.
Meanwhile, Hinge is encouraging matches in the UK to go on offline dates. It is offering a £100 gift card if they use the ‘We Met’ feature to confirm they’ve got together in-person.
The vouchers can be put towards their second date and the dating app is aiming to give away a total of £15,000 by the 18th April.
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