Hinge has revealed that it is soon going to launch a podcast called “Ghost Stories”, which will feature real daters talking about their own experiences of ghosting.
The new show is currently only being promoted through Hinge’s Instagram Story. The dating app is asking followers to submit their own anecdotes for consideration.
The recording is due to take place at the office in New York and Hinge is prepared to pay to fly people in and put them up in nearby accommodation if they are chosen to take part.
For the submission process, potential guests need to explain whether they are the ‘ghoster’ or the ‘ghostee’, before writing in detail the full history of their failed relationship. They are also required to say how easy it would be to get the other person to also tell their side of the story.
A spokesperson for the dating app said: “We need to talk about ghosting. Hinge presents a podcast around modern dating and the ghosting phenomenon. Share your story if you’re interested in participating in ‘Ghost Stories’”.
At the end of 2017, Hinge introduced its first anti-ghosting feature ‘Your Turn’. The update allowed users to send prompts and notifications to their matches if they hadn’t received a message in a while.
Immediately after ‘You Turn’ was released, Hinge reported an immediate 25% reduction in ghosting behaviour on the platform.
Over the next 12 months more rival apps brought out their own features, including Badoo, Bumble and The League. This prompted journalists from The Guardian and Vice to criticise them, describing the trend as a cynical attempt to drive engagement, rather than a real effort to solve a problem.
Register for Ghost Stories here.