Seeing a Spike in Activity, Dating Apps Respond to Pandemic With Digital Date Ideas

Hinge, Tinder, Bumble and OkCupid encourage users to set up virtual dates while social distancing

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In mid-March, Jessica Ross, an administrator at a law firm in Washington, D.C., had been self-isolating at home for a few days when she decided to start swiping on a dating app out of boredom. Ross said the app was booming with people excited to chat while stuck at home with one natural, unfortunate conversation starter—the COVID-19 outbreak.

Ross, 29, said she eventually exchanged numbers with a man she was messaging to take their conversation off the app.

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