Tinder has launched a feature which allows users to block specific numbers that belong to people they actively don’t want to match with.
Members everywhere will be able to access ‘Block Contacts’ within their profile settings. From there, they can input which of their contacts they’d rather not see, or be seen by, on the app. Whether those contacts are already on Tinder or decide to download it later using the same contact info, they won’t appear as a potential match.
Initially tested in India, Korea and Japan, members who adopted the Block Contacts feature on Tinder added about a dozen contacts to their block list.
Bernadette Morgan, Group Product Manager at Tinder, said in a statement: “We may not be able to save you from awkward run-ins at the coffee shop, but we are giving you more control over your experience on Tinder.
“We’re rolling out Block Contacts as an additional resource empowering members with peace of mind by helping create a worry-free space for them to spark new connections.”
The feature follows a survey that found more than 40% of respondents have come across an former partner on a dating app, and another 24% have seen a family member or colleague. It also found at 78% of those asked would prefer not to see certain connections, such as their college professors, on a dating app.
The feature is being used to mark the begging of ‘Uncuffing Season’, the time of year when people contemplate ending their relationships in order to enjoy the summer while being single.
A separate survey showed that 63% of respondents thought that summer was the best time of the year for single people.
Visit the Tinder website here.