Match Group, which owns a suite of apps including Tinder, announced Monday that it will integrate a background check feature into its services later this year. The group is investing in Garbo, a nonprofit that lets people run background checks using only a first name and phone number or a full name at low costs. Tinder users will be able to use the feature to get details about potential dates including arrest records and histories of violence. Garbo explicitly excludes arrests related to drug possession as part of a push for equity given that those kinds of charges are levied disproportionately against people of color. Match Group did not share how much the background checks will cost, but noted that they will work to make them accessible.
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There may come a moment, while messaging someone on a dating app , when the conversation starts to drag. Because even if you feel an initial spark, it can be tough to maintain a convo with someone you barely know, especially through a screen. Carly Claney , a licensed clinical psychologist, tells HelloGiggles. But if you seem to have things in common, and would like to find out more, you may want to put in a little extra effort in order to see where things go. Who knows? You might connect over a shared love of road trips, hikes in the woods, or nights spent at home eating pizza.
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Wondering whether the online dating prospect you just matched with has a history of violent behavior? A new partnership struck between Dallas-based Match Group and a New York startup could bring peace of mind to singles dating online. It was founded in by gender-based violence survivor Kathryn Kosmides. Garbo collects publicly available records on arrests, convictions, restraining orders, harassment and other violent crimes. Match Group also owns a handful of more niche dating apps like OurTime, which caters to senior citizens, and BLK, which caters to the Black community.
I had tried a few video-chat dates when the pandemic was new last spring. But once the temperature started dropping, meeting outside lost its appeal. So I bailed. Something happened recently, though, that made me return to the dating app world. A local website published an article about people announcing their vaccination status in dating app profiles.