When matches first connect, they see only blurred versions of each otherâ€™s profile photos, along with bios, hobbies and answers to prompts like â€œWhat are your top 3 qualities in a match?â€ As they exchange messages, their photos gradually un-blur.
â€œI was, like, â€˜This is for me,â€™â€ said Ms.
Itâ€™s not an entirely new concept: Christian Mingle was launched in 2001, while Grindr, an app for gay men, made its debut in 2009 and Tastebuds, which matches people based on their taste in music, showed up in 2010.
But these more-specific-than-Tinder options â€œnever really got the kind of traction Iâ€™m seeing right now,â€ said Julie Spira, author of â€œThe Perils of Cyber-Datingâ€ and founder of an online dating-advice company.
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