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Dating apps struggle to compete in a saturated market

Nov 14, 2023
Take Bumble. Its stock price started at around $70 a share when it went public in early 2021. It’s now around $14.
A lot of dating app users are "feeling swiped out," said Liesel Sharabi, a professor of communication at Arizona State.
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Some singles are done with dating apps

Sep 7, 2023
And they've turned their efforts to other methods, like speed dating and matchmakers.
Participants at a speed dating event in London.
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Wait, how much per swipe? Dating apps flirt with premium subscriptions.

Aug 30, 2023
Along with pricey upgrades, some apps are rolling out lower-cost options as they try to rake in more dollars from subscribers.
Grindr is among the apps that have started offering premium weekly memberships.
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New Tinder background checks are more than a safety feature

Mar 11, 2022
Dating apps rely on supply and demand. If users don't feel safe, they'll ditch the platforms.
A woman walks past a Tinder advertisement.
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COVID changes prompt dating apps to adapt

Aug 11, 2021
As the number of new users has flattened, dating app companies are creating game-like scenarios and events to keep people engaged while they look for potential partners.
The dating application Bumble. Dating apps have had to adapt to COVID changes.
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Background checks in dating apps aim to promote safety, but raise privacy concerns

Mar 17, 2021
A leading dating-app company is working with a nonprofit to bring criminal checks to one of its platforms.
A woman walks past a Tinder advertisement.
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Love in the time of COVID: Dating apps are thriving

Nov 24, 2020
Hookup culture could be waning in the era of COVID-19, with infection a constant concern.
Bumble, the dating company, went public last week, making Whitney Wolfe Herd the youngest female CEO to take its company public.
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As "social distancing" becomes the new norm, will online dating start to lose its appeal?

Mar 11, 2020
"I feel a little bit like Chicken Little for it, but I cancelled that date," said one online dater.
Tinder has canceled the release of a new choose-your-own-adventure series due to COVID-19.
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Making friends is tough. There's an industry that wants to help with that.

Jan 3, 2020
Apps, dating services, even matchmakers are trying to help adults find friends, for a price.
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