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It seems a lifetime ago that we were sitting across from a date, nervously sipping our gin and tonics as they made awkward small talk. Allowing ourselves to think about the future has been an unreliable and rather futile activity since the coronavirus pandemic began. Nonetheless, OkCupid has thrown caution to the wind and made a prediction for when it believes will be the biggest dating day of 2021 in the UK. According to the dating app, Aug. 1 will be "the hottest day for dating in 2021," after Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged to offer all UK adults the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by July 31. At the time of writing, 17.7 million people had received the first dose of the vaccine in the UK, and over 620,000 had received their second dose.
New York – Dating apps offer a snapshot about a person's life, but in the space of a few weeks, a surprising health issue has emerged as a dealmaker or heartbreaker: Have you had the coronavirus vaccine? Some are bragging they have gotten the shot in order to better their chances, while others are using it to justify what one singleton described as "the most 2021 rejection ever." But can you trust every lonely heart who claims they've been inoculated against COVID-19? Samantha Yammine, a scientist who often talks on Twitter about health issues, says she's received messages about "dudes on dating apps claiming they're'totally safe for close contact' because they have received the vaccine." Of course, most young people using dating apps are not in vaccination priority groups at the front of the line, so some see having gotten the shot as a sort of golden ticket for hooking up.
Whether you're looking for love or ways to celebrate your loved one, technology is playing an increasingly important role – especially during a pandemic. After all, many of us are forced to remain socially distant for the time being. Valentine's Day might be celebrated at home this year, as opposed to dining in a restaurant, and florists may sell more bouquets to online customers instead of in-store shoppers. As the expression goes, there's an app for that. Interestingly, even online dating apps aren't just used to find a mate over the internet, but quite literally to date online – until it's safe to meet in person.
Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. OkCupid is encouraging its users to vote, and it's doing so with a provocative saying. The online dating platform is launching a VILF badge, which is a play on popular suggestive terms like MILF or DILF. However, in this case, OkCupid users can tack VILF badges onto their profiles to let all their potential dates know that they are voters and have a risqué sense of humor.
If I'm perusing a dating app and someone mentions being apolitical, or not caring about politics, I grimace. In this (ravaged) economy (and global pandemic and time of social unrest)? I'm not alone in this, according to data found by OkCupid. Over 500,000 users said they couldn't date someone who didn't vote, according to new data provided by the dating app. Those who say they're registered voters are 63 percent more likely to get a match -- and 85 percent more likely to receive a message.
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.
The data contained in dating apps is both very personal and valuable to hackers, who can use it to make highly convincing cyberattacks. So it's always disturbing to learn about dating app security flaws. In a report released today, security research firm CheckPoint Research announced that it found several security vulnerabilities in OKCupid's website and mobile apps. The flaws could have allowed hackers to access users' full profile details, private messages, personal addresses and more. Hackers could even send messages from their victims' profiles.
In 2018, OkCupid rolled out a feature for users who identified as any gender other than a man or woman to choose their pronouns. Now, the dating app is opening that feature up to every user regardless of their gender. They're doing this in the hopes that it will normalize listing pronouns in your profile and create a safer environment for OkCupid's trans and nonbinary users. The move comes shortly after the dating app added a Black Lives Matter badge, along with profile questions surrounding racial inequality. "For many people, especially non-binary and transgender daters, there's nothing more personal than our names and pronouns," said Michael Kaye, global communications manager at OkCupid.
Deciding who picks up the bill on a first date may be a cinch for some lucky users of the dating app, Hinge. According to the company, it will award up to 2,500 of its users a $100 Visa gift card that can be used to pay for a date in a bid to help them'unplug' from their phones and meet someone in-person. To activate the promotion, users must pause their profiles from 4 pm on Friday March 6th until Saturday March 7th, during which time they're expected to go on a date. After the two parties go on their date, they're then asked to go into the Hinge app and confirm that they actually attended the meetup up by clicking on their date's profile and selecting'met'. The daters are then asked to say whether they would go on another date with each other and are then are allowed to file for the Visa card on unplugwithhinge.com.
Match Group, the largest dating app conglomerate in the US, doesn't perform background checks on any of its apps' free users. A ProPublica report today highlights a few incidents in which registered sex offenders went on dates with women who had no idea they were talking to a convicted criminal. These men then raped the women on their dates, leaving the women to report them to the police and to the apps' moderators. These women expected their dating apps to protect them, or at least vet users, only to discover that Match has little to no insight on who's using their apps. The piece walks through individual attacks and argues that the apps have no real case for not vetting their users.