Popular dating app Tinder has announced that it will soon start testing a ‘Global’ mode that will remove all geographical restrictions and allow users to match with potential partners around the world.
In the past, users have only been able to view and match with the people who are nearby and the company no longer believes that social proximity is a necessity when it comes to dating.
The global mode feature will be free unlike their current similar paid feature, Passport, which allows users to select a location and swipe in that location.
Tinder is also set to launch its own in-app one-on-one video chats later this year, the brand’s parent company, Match Group. This is in a bid to create a more responsive dating app as more people lean towards video dating and with the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are confident that demand for human connection will never dissipate and remain committed to fulfilling that need,” the company said in its earnings note. “This period of social isolation would have been much direr for single people – who no longer have other avenues to meet and connect such as bars and concerts – if not for our products.”