Your hot vax summer might soon get even hotter.
Bumble, the dating app where women take the first step, has revealed the results of a new user survey, and it appears that more and more people are ready to start dating again in person as cases of COVID-19 in the United States have fallen.
Among US users who indicated their preferences for the first date in the app’s COVID-ready center, nearly 90% said they wanted to go out face-to-face, Bumble says, with 46% saying that ‘they would be comfortable with a “regular” first date and an additional 41% said they would prefer to keep a social distance.
Overall, the app has experienced higher recent growth in cities and states with higher vaccination rates.
And your near future is concerned if you have been vaccinated. Among survey participants, 30% said they would not go out or have sex with an unvaccinated person, according to Bumble. This data point comes as Bumble and other dating services, including Match-owned rival Tinder, are rolling out vaccination badges and other features to make it easy for users to identify people who have received the. vaccine.
Here are some other interesting statistics from the Bumble survey:
- 65% now think it is possible to fall in love without meeting someone in person
- 39% say that the “ghosts” have diminished since the start of the pandemic, while 31% say that “cat fishing” has decreased
- 91% say there is no more stigma attached to online dating
- 38% prefer to go on virtual first dates with people before meeting them in person.
In a statement, Whitney Wolfe Herd, CEO of Bumble, said the company will use the survey’s feedback to further adapt its services in a changing landscape. “During the pandemic, we have remained focused on listening to our community to understand how their needs have evolved and we have continued to innovate our product to meet that demand,” she said.
Bumble shares have risen nearly 20% over the past month as COVID-related restrictions eased and infection rates in the United States plummeted. The company’s stock tumbled after its much-anticipated IPO in February, hitting a low in mid-May.