Quarantine Together Is a Dating App for These Times

CNN – Mar 29 – Daniel Ahmadizadeh and Christopher Smeder designed Quarantine Together, a dating app for exactly this moment. The app launched on March 8. The app is text-based. Every day at 6PM, the app asks its registered users whether they washed their hands. If they say yes, they are introduced to another user by text. After 15 minutes, the matched users will be offered a link to video chat.

by Aditi Sangal
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Tinder Most Used Dating App Now

FORBES – Mar 29 – The 2020 SKYN Condoms Sex & Intimacy Survey was not designed to examine the current or post-COVID-19 world. Its data gathering and results just happened to take place while the global pandemic was getting its boots on and heading out from Wuhan. According to Skyn, 39% of respondents used Tinder over its rivals to find love. Generation Z folks said they were more likely than Millennials to use Tinder (48% to 36%). #2 was Match.com (33%) and #3 Bumble (19%).

by John Scott Lewinski
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The Meet Group CEO: Video Dating Is up During COVID-19

KYW NEWS RADIO – Mar 28 – Geoff Cook, CEO of The Meet Group says video dating has risen dramatically on all of his company’s dating apps since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. On KYW In Depth, Cook talked about the dating changes people have made in response to social distancing and how COVID-19 could result in far reaching changes to dating culture.

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LGBT+ People Warned off Casual Sex

REUTERS – Mar 28 – According to Sensor Tower, Grindr downloads fell 19% in Spain and 8% in Italy. Gay app Scruff saw a drop of 7% and 10% week-on-week for Spain and Italy. But although the dating apps were down in terms of new users, operators reported higher usage by those on the site. Lesbian app HER had seen „a pretty heavy spike in usage“. Over the weekend of March 14-15, HER reported its highest day of the year for „likes“ on posts, with the overall number of likes rising by 16% over the weekend.

by Hugo Greenhalgh
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Grindr Sale Finalized for ~$608.5 Million

QUEERTY – Mar 28 – The move came just four years after Kunlun bought the app from its original creator, Joel Simkhai. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S, a government watchdog group, ordered Kunlun to sell off a majority stake in the company last year. One of the new investors is James Lu, a Chinese tech mogul. A company called San Vicente Acquisition Partners was set up to make the purchase and allow the buyers to stay anonymous.

by Dan Tracer
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