The dating app Bumble saw increased user engagement as Americans adjusted to social distancing last month.
The platform reports a 26% spike in messages sent during the week ending March 27 compared to the week ending March 13. Trump declared COVID-19 a national emergency on March 13.
The app is also allowing users to add a badge to their profiles signaling they’re open to virtual dating, and to filter out users who are not.
Web-based first dates are becoming the new normal, with platforms seeing a dramatic increase in users turning to calls and video chats.
Bumble has seen an 84% increase in users using the app’s voice call and video chat tools.