The circuit breaker has stolen our freedom, security and romance. Because of this, dating apps in Singapore have evolved to meet the continuing demand for love.
In March, Bumble saw video calls increase 56 percent worldwide. Even local Singapore brands like Kopi Date and Lunch have implemented video calling options.
New features are being incorporated to encourage users to get a date. While this can mean more unwanted images showing up on our phones, innovations are always welcome.
Even Tinder will launch its own in-app video chat "Face To Face" in late 2020 and add a video chat to its platform.
For the new video function, both persons must register and promise to keep the PG call. Nudity, sexual content, references to hate speech, violence or illegal activity will not be tolerated.
Users see their screen split in half and the caller can see their own feed. This allows users to protect their privacy and prevent unwanted information from being filmed.
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Users will then be asked to respond if they want to rerun the call and given the option to report inappropriate activity.
Since Tinder isn't exactly known for its family-friendly content, we're not sure how video calls will work.
However, Tinder's parent company Match reported that women increased their average daily swipes by 37 percent in April. Statistically, it looks good for men.
We are also testing new features, including a conversation prompt and the option to share social content for existing matches.
Bumble, a dating app for women, has just hit 100 million users. When combined with sister app Badoo, Bumble's parent group now controls a base of 600 million users.
In an era of social distancing, Bumble has expanded its distance range to over 100 miles to connect with everyone in the Southeast Asian region. We look at you guys in Malaysia.
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Unlike Tinder, Bumble already has a variety of communication options on its platform. This includes audio notes, video and voice calls, and text chats.
You can even do good by dating. Bumble has pledged to donate $ 1 to the World Health Organization (WHO) Covid-19 Solidarity Fund every time someone adds a "Virtual Dating" badge to their profile.
Dating apps not only offer new communication options, they also help you to make your matches more selective.
OkCupid introduced new features in June that allow you to set preferences for the potential matches you come across in your feed.
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This includes your preferences for smoking, pets, diet, and more. Earlier this year, the app also updated the settings for monogamy and non-monogamy.
To be seen by more people of your ideal type, all you have to do is complete your profile on OkCupid.
Coffee meets bagel
Even Coffee Meets Bagel (CMB) users, which is possibly the most moderate of all the dating apps listed in this article, are more willing than ever to try new ways of virtual dating.
Instead of meeting in person, 39 percent plan to write their games more, 29 percent plan to call, and 28 percent want more via video chat.
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To support their users, CMB has launched Rolling Chat extensions that allow all chats with active conversations within the last three days to stay open indefinitely.
CMB virtual community meetups are also organized. Similar to virtual speed dating, selected users can sign up for a video chat with about seven other members.
Despite a deadly pandemic, the power of love seems to triumph over the small geographic boundaries of social distancing.
And with circuit breakers dipping and community cases falling, now is the time to grab your next boo-in app.
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