If you’ve been lamenting the lack of physical dating going on, then the Airbnb/Bumble initiative to get you engaging ‘virtual dates’ is either going to be right up your street – or a walk down cringe alley.
Airbnb is pretty much useless now in the new world we’re living in, while dating apps are struggling to stay relevant by extending their services to include video calling features, like the Match Group is doing (and planning to do) with its various dating apps like Tinder, Hinge, Plenty of Fish etc. Bumble has joined the bandwagon by introducing a profile badge that indicates users are open to virtual dates, but now it’s trying to get some added visibility with its Airbnb team up.
If you head over to the Airbnb site, you’ll spot a new ‘online experience’ page that has a section dubbed ‘great for dates, curated by Bumble’. So you and the person you’re recently met and barely know, can joins a video call with however many other people and watch cooking lessons from Mexico, learn about sake secrets from Japan, and basically sit around on what’s tantamount to a work meeting where you can’t actually talk to one another. Or perhaps I’m missing something here.
If that’s your cup of tea, you should have a browse on the site for an activity you and your new love interest can sit in on. Just make sure there’s someone taking minutes. [Engadget]