Tinder just launched a blind date in-app experience, and we can't get over the timing

The Tinder Blind Date app comes on the heels of a very popular new Netflix doc...

Tinder Blind Date In-App feature
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Whoever is responsible for the new Tinder Blind Date feature has clearly been keeping up with our favorite reality TV shows (at least we assume). 

Much like the experimental Love Is Blind—season 2 is almost here—Sexy Beasts and Married at First Sight Australia, the dating app is attempting to let a love connection brew before hopeful romantics lay eyes on one another. 

Members of the service can venture over to Explore, Fast Chat: Blind Date to give it a whirl. In true rom-com fashion, two people will be matched and able to speak with one another, however, they won't be able to view their partner's profile—or photos—beforehand. They'll only be able to do so if they decide to match after chatting. 

Is this one of the 2022 dating trends we can expect going forward?

About the new Tinder Blind Date feature:

“There's something really special about letting conversation introduce someone’s personality, without the preconceptions that can be made from photos," said Kyle Miller, VP of Product Innovation at Tinder. "The new Blind Date experience brings a surprisingly fun, banter-based way to interact and create connections that’s all new to Tinder.”

One thing the creators probably should have familiarized themselves with before the launch? The February Netflix queue. Everyone is asking "Who is the Tinder Swindler?" upon viewing the streaming service's latest hit. The documentary interviews four women who fell for Simon Leviev (born Shimon Hayut) and his lies. The scammer conned women across the app and swindled them out of nearly $10 million. 

So while, yes, it is fun to take advantage of the online dating scene and be set up through technology, do proceed with caution and never divulge personal information to someone before you are ready to do so. Since dealing with apps of any kind can be complicated, we'll help you keep your emotions in check with these expert-backed tips for mental health and online dating. 

Have fun, enjoy meeting new people, but most importantly, stay safe. (And familiarize yourself with the Tinder background checks feature if it makes you feel more comfortable.) 

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

When Danielle’s not writing, you can find her testing out a new recipe, reading a book (suggestions always welcome), or rearranging the furniture in her apartment…again.