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Match vs. eharmony: Both are for serious relationships, but how do the dating sites compare in the UK?

Mashable

Though society has outgrown most cliché tropes that surrounded online dating in its early years, believing that meeting online can grow into a genuine connection can still be hard. If any dating sites can rekindle your hope that there's someone out there who wants the same thing you do, Match and eharmony are it. Technically speaking, online dating amplifies your selection of potential love interests to people you would never have stumbled upon IRL. It's the obvious next step after you've exhausted the qualified singles in your local dating pool, and the pandemic has made online dating an even more ubiquitous way to meet people than it already was. Since social distancing has essentially made hookups with strangers a non-issue, weeding out people who aren't taking dating seriously is easier than ever.


Match vs. eharmony: Both are for serious relationships, but how do the dating sites compare?

Mashable

Though society has outgrown most cliché tropes that surrounded online dating in its early years, believing that meeting online can grow into a connection past something casual can be hard. If any dating sites can rekindle your hope that there's someone out there who wants the same thing you do, Match and eharmony are it. Technically speaking, online dating amplifies your selection of potential love interests to people you would never have stumbled upon IRL. It's the obvious next step after you've exhausted the qualified singles in your local dating pool, and the pandemic has made online dating an even more ubiquitous way to meet people than it already was. Since social distancing has essentially made hookups with strangers a non-issue, weeding out people who aren't taking dating seriously is easier than ever.


OkCupid: Hackers want your data, not a relationship

ZDNet

Researchers exploring OkCupid for security holes have found a way for hackers to pillage the sensitive data of users. OkCupid has catered to over 50 million registered users since its launch. As one of the most popular options out there for dating -- alongside rivals such as Tinder, Plenty of Fish, eHarmony, Match, and Grindr -- the online dating platform is used to organize roughly 50,000 dates per week. In a time where the novel coronavirus pandemic and social distancing measures make meeting new people in a bar or other public space more difficult, many of us have turned to online dating and virtual meetups as an alternative. Dating apps experiencing a surge in users or requests for new features -- such as video chats -- began changing the way their platforms worked, and OkCupid was no exception.


Tinder Hires Ex-CBS Interactive Boss Jim Lanzone as CEO

WSJ.com: WSJD - Technology

The leadership change at Match Group’s flagship dating app comes as the coronavirus pandemic is redefining the online dating industry.


Coronavirus pandemic has sparked interest in online swinging, dating app data shows

FOX News

The number of messages sent per user in New York City between April and June was three times that of San Diego, the app reported. The coronavirus pandemic has sparked a surge in online swingers across the country -- with New York City topping the list, according to a report. Threesome dating app "3Fun" reported a steady uptick in the number of messages sent between its 721,927 active users since lockdowns began in March. "Social distancing makes offline meetings tough … That means most open-minded people are trying to meet new friends online during the pandemic," spokeswoman Jennifer White said in a statement. Dating app "3Fun" reported a steady uptick in the number of messages sent between its 721,927 active users since lockdowns began in March.


Dating-app bots

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Dating in 2020 is a roller coaster, from endless swiping to video chat dates, the worry that your quarantine-boo might be fake is all too real. "I've been on Tinder on-and-off for the past three years, but have been back on since March when the pandemic started. I have been seeing more bots than usual," said Carlos Zavala, 25, of his dating experience. Online dating in the U.S. has become the most popular way couples connect, a Stanford study published in 2019 found. That finding is being put to the test with the outbreak of the coronavirus in the U.S. since mid-March.


How good are you at spotting bots on dating-apps?

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Dating in 2020 is a roller coaster, from endless swiping to video chat dates, the worry that your quarantine-boo might be fake is all too real. "I've been on Tinder on-and-off for the past three years, but have been back on since March when the pandemic started. I have been seeing more bots than usual," said Carlos Zavala, 25, of his dating experience. Online dating in the U.S. has become the most popular way couples connect, a Stanford study published in 2019 found. That finding is being put to the test with the outbreak of the coronavirus in the U.S. since mid-March.


Tinder is finally testing in-app video calls months into social distancing

Mashable

Like its fellow Match Group property Hinge and a slew of other dating apps, Tinder is testing out in-app video calls. The feature is called Face to Face, Tinder announced in a blog post on Wednesday, and is being rolled out in select states in the U.S. -- Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, and Virginia -- and international markets like Brazil and Vietnam. This isn't the first pandemic-inspired feature Tinder has created. In March, they made the Passport feature free so any user could talk to people anywhere in the world. SEE ALSO: Twitter meme'knows a spot' for some absolutely terrible dates Users will only have the chance video chat if both parties opt in to the feature, according to the blog post, and users can disable it anytime.


New Google Maps feature will show routes to nearest public transport

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Google Maps is working on a new feature that will show you how to reach the nearest public transport connection, according to new leaked screenshots. The new Maps filter will let users choose what mode of transportation they will be using at the very beginning of their daily commute, the screenshots show. Once rolled out, the feature will allow commuters to work out their preferred route to various transport connections, such as the train station, when they return to the workplace after the coronavirus pandemic. The screenshots also reveal an option to get more accurate Uber fares using data from Google Maps and a slightly new design for the Maps interface. 'Google Maps is working on route options with "Connections to Public Transit", such as car and transit, bicycle and transit, auto rickshaw, ride service [and] motorcycle and transit,' said Jane Wong, a Hong Kong-based hacker, tech blogger and software engineer, who leaked the screenshots.


Inside the astrology dating app with a feature queer users love

Mashable

Mashable is celebrating Pride Month by exploring the modern LGBTQ world, from the people who make up the community to the spaces where they congregate, both online and off. "I think the funniest thing about this app -- the best thing about this app besides it being an astrology dating app…" said TikTok user @ladygleep, a 23-year-old named Glorianna, "is that while I was filling out my profile, it asked me if'I don't want to see or be seen by straight people.'" Glorianna, a filmmaker and photographer based in Connecticut, pointed out the feature on the astrology dating app NUiT. The app utilizes a similar like/pass model as other dating apps, but also gives users the opportunity to view the other person's birth chart and calculate astrological compatibility. Once users download NUiT they complete their profile, which is partially like that on other apps as it involves uploading photos.