Arizona State University: Online dating is booming, changing in pandemic era

Arizona State University: Online dating is booming, changing in pandemic era. “Online dating is the number one way to meet a romantic partner in the U.S., says Liesel Sharabi, assistant professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication and director of the Relationships and Technology Lab at Arizona State University. Sharabi, whose research focuses on the connection between communication technologies and interpersonal relationships, says the growth of dating applications over the past decade continues to attract more people to the digital ecosystem and break taboos that once kept hesitant users away from the platform.”

CNN: Chinese woman stuck in blind date’s house by sudden Covid lockdown

CNN: Chinese woman stuck in blind date’s house by sudden Covid lockdown. “The 30-year-old woman, identified only by her surname Wang, went to meet her blind date for a home-cooked dinner on January 6 in her hometown of Zhengzhou, a city in central China grappling with a coronavirus outbreak…. Just when Wang was about to go home after the meal, she found out the whole neighborhood had gone into a swift lockdown, she said.”

Mashable: What will dating be like in 2022?

Mashable: What will dating be like in 2022?. “Given the ride the last couple years have been, what will 2022 bring us in terms of finding love? Dating experts have a few predictions, including a continued use of virtual dating, a push towards serious relationships for some and non-monogamy for others, and an emphasis on mental health and vulnerability.”

Addressing Rape in Four Minutes or Less: Dating App Reps Left Unprepared to Respond to Assault Victims (ProPublica)

ProPublica: Addressing Rape in Four Minutes or Less: Dating App Reps Left Unprepared to Respond to Assault Victims. “The multibillion-dollar online dating industry has no meaningful standards for responding to reports of offline harm and removing those responsible from its platforms, Columbia Journalism Investigations and ProPublica found. Despite pledges to shield users from sexual predators, the companies have done little to abide by them. Most companies have loosely defined procedures that force employees to rely on their own judgment. Dating app users who report an attack, like [Natalie] Dong, often have to badger companies to take action.”

Mashable: Tinder will give 500 lucky matches free COVID tests

Mashable: Tinder will give 500 lucky matches free COVID tests. “With the United States finally turning a corner with the coronavirus pandemic, singles are taking to dating apps (and the vaccine line) to find potential dates. With safety top of mind for many, Tinder will send 500 matched couples (1,000 users) home COVID-19 test kits from Everywell.”

Lifehacker: How to Date During the Pandemic Without Going on Another Damn Walk

Lifehacker: How to Date During the Pandemic Without Going on Another Damn Walk. “The pandemic has taken dating from a difficult and necessary evil to a basically impossible and dangerous temptation. But with COVID-19 cases waning internationally and vaccination rates increasing daily in the U.S., you’ll likely be able to stumble through an awkward date again, just like the olden days. And when you do, why the hell would you go on another lame, lackluster walk?”

CNN: Scam artists lurking on dating apps and social media made away with a record haul in 2020

CNN: Scam artists lurking on dating apps and social media made away with a record haul in 2020. “Scammers lurk on dating apps and social media, striking up conversation with strangers until they build up trust to eventually ask for money. The prevalence of these types of scams has been steadily rising for the past four years. In 2020, there was a 50% jump in reported dollar losses from romance scams from 2019. The pandemic has only made things easier, creating legitimate reasons for scammers to hide their real motives, claiming they cannot meet in person or need money for medical treatment.”

Mashable: Tinder’s Ghosting Graveyard helps you craft a text to the person you ghosted

Mashable: Tinder’s Ghosting Graveyard helps you craft a text to the person you ghosted . “Sometimes people come into our lives at the wrong times and we realise too late that they were actually pretty great. So, how do you rekindle an old flame without being a complete and utter pandemic cliché? Tricky. Tinder has rustled up a tool called Ghosting Graveyard that might provide some assistance in sliding into the DMs of someone you once ghosted.”

New York Times: The New Rules of Dating

New York Times: The New Rules of Dating. “How should you navigate a date when you’re not sure a kiss goodbye, let alone an in-person rendezvous, is on the table? Certain dating apps are trying to ease the process. Bumble now lets its users add a badge to their profiles that signifies what kind of dates they’re comfortable with: virtual, socially distanced or socially distanced with a mask. And on Lex, which caters to the queer community, users often preface their personal ads with their Covid-19 or antibody test results, said Kell Rakowski, the app’s founder. Still, meeting up in person — and any physical contact, be it a touch on the arm or sex — requires some pretty candid conversations.”

Online romance scams: A modern form of fraud (EurekAlert)

EurekAlert: Online romance scams: A modern form of fraud. “Over the last 20 years, the rapid development of digital communication technology has given rise to new forms of social interaction on social media. Digital communication technologies can overcome physical, social and psychological barriers in building romantic relationships. Around 1400, dating sites/chats have been created over the last decade in North America alone. Solely in the UK, 23% of Internet users have met someone online with whom they had a romantic relationship for a certain period and that even 6% of married couples met through the web.”

Man of Many: Dating App Hinge Launches ‘Date From Home’ Quarantine Feature

Man of Many: Dating App Hinge Launches ‘Date From Home’ Quarantine Feature. “People have more time than ever to workshop pick-up lines and refine the subtle art of the dick-pic, so it’s no surprise apps like Hinge are blowing up right now. But the app isn’t forgetting about what happens after a good opener. In a new move, Hinge has dropped a new ‘Date From Home’ feature that allows users to continue dating while maintaining social distancing measures.”