Tinder has rolled out a new feature allowing users to block their ex, or any contacts they have the phone number of already on the dating app – and, naturally, people are getting quite creative with it.
The app released the feature to help users “confidently” date without any awkward encounters or dilemmas, after discovering more than 40 per cent of users had encountered a former lover on the platform.
However, it turns out you can block up to 12 contacts in your phone book. The result? Some hilarious hot takes, which Tinder users have shared with 9Honey.
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“Honestly, I just don’t want to see my sister on the app,” one declared.
“It’s embarrassing enough still being single in my family – they don’t need to know the desperate lengths I’m going to to find love.”
Another said while they weren’t concerned about seeing their ex while swiping, they did worry about potential intellectual property theft.
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“My ex is the one who took all the photos I’ve used in my profile,” they explained.
“I sure as hell don’t need to give them the satisfaction of knowing they’re still giving me a love life in some distant capacity.”
Tinder’s new feature was originally tested in India, Korea and Japan, and has since been rolled out to the dating app’s seven million global users.
Providing the option to select up to 12 contact numbers to “block” from seeing your profile, Tinder will ensure the person doesn’t come up during a swiping session.
According to Tinder, up to 24 per cent of users had encountered a family member, colleague or even a professor’s profile while using the app, and 78 per cent of them would love the opportunity to never experience the uncomfortable moment again.
“We may not be able to save you from awkward run-ins at the coffee shop, but we are giving you more control over your experience on Tinder,” Bernadette Morgan, Group Product Manager, Trust & Safety at Tinder, said in a statement.
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“We’re rolling out Block Contacts as an additional resource empowering members with peace of mind by helping create a worry-free space for them to spark new connections.”
Tinder also told 9Honey about the awkward experiences they had on the app.
“I met a guy who told me he was going off the app because we had amazing chemistry – then he recreated a profile and tried hitting up a friend of mine for a date,” one explained.
“My friend told me straight away, and asked if he was the guy I’ve been dating for the past couple of months…”
Another said they encountered their ex on the app, despite living across the ocean from them.
“My ex from London made a profile, set his location to Sydney and pretended he’d moved here,” they said.
“He tried to pretend he was living here – during the pandemic and travel ban – and even set old pictures from a trip he took to Australia in 2012 to try and convince me.”
Another user told us they were dating someone who broke up with them because they “weren’t in the right headspace to be dating.”
“I found her on Tinder a fortnight later and she claimed it was a ‘glitch’ – to make things worse, she used Tinder to get back together with her other ex.”
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