Tinder boss Jim Lanzone has revealed how the dating app has changed during lockdown.

The company’s CEO explained many people – particularly Gen Z users – now try to get to know each other “virtually” before meeting up for the first time, or even before “swiping right” at all.

He told the BBC: “As we know from the past 15 to 18 months, people have really leaned in to getting to know people virtually, even having relationships virtually, before they take those relationships offline.

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“The larger trend here is that people on Tinder coming out of Covid… they just want to slow things down and get to know people first a lot more before they decide to match, let alone before they decide to go meet someone offline.”

This week, Tinder is introducing changes to help with users – who can still swipe left or right – also getting to make the most of “more tools to show a multidimensional version of themselves”.

These include videos on profiles, or the chance to fine their searches to filter by shared interests.

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Potential daters will even be able to speak to someone before matching by letting people give “hot takes” on a certain topic.

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