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Would you date someone who refuses to wear a face mask? (Picture: Metro.co.uk)

Like posing with dosed-up tigers and using emoji, your attitudes towards wearing a mask could immediately rule you out of the running for a date with your dream match.

It turns out that people who are happily donning face coverings for the good of their health and that of others aren’t particularly keen on dating people who are diehard members of the anti-mask agenda.

You don’t have to meet IRL for this dividing line to rear its head.

Tinder reports that masks – whether the views are pro or anti – have become the talk of daters, popping up in bios left and right since April. Some key examples include mentions of ‘face mask tan lines’ and a divisive bio line reading: ‘if you wear a mask while jogging, we’re not compatible’.

The dating app declares that ‘mask-wearing habits may become the ultimate compatibility test of 2020’.

Laura, 31, agrees. She says that if a match on a dating app was against wearing masks, ‘it would be an instant no’.

She tells Metro.co.uk: ‘I work for a Member of the Scottish Parliament so I’ve been dealing with the effects of the pandemic day in, day out at work.

‘I know how hard everyone has been working on the front lines and have family and friends who have been shielding since March. There’s no way I could get past a person refusing to wear a bit of fabric on their face for 10 minutes while they nip into Tesco.’

While strong anti-mask views are a turn-off, showing that you care enough to mask up can win you points.

Laura adds: ‘When someone I’m speaking to sends me a selfie of themselves in a mask I think, “Wonderful! You’re sensible!”‘

Simon, 44, also finds mask-wearing would affect his view of people he dates.


Mask-themed conversations are popping up on Tinder (Picture: Getty Images)

‘I do not enjoy wearing masks and I do not think they are as effective as the government suggests but where i am (Ireland) the government regulations have helped us combat the virus to a point where we have less than 1,000 active cases,’ he explains.

‘So if the government say wear a mask – we should at least try to follow their request and see if it works, anyone who isn’t willing to is – in my opinion – impacting on the risk of the virus spreading as the government is working on the advice of WHO experts.’

If he were chatting to someone who went into a spiel on why being made to wear a mask is an attack on human rights, and so on, Simon wouldn’t be up for continuing the relationship.

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‘In the current climate I think I would walk away from someone who has such a strong opinion on something that is clearly affecting so much of the world,’ he says. Anyone who can’t see the measures that the world is taking and can’t do their bit to try to help the process is not the sort of person I’d want to date.’

A fair point, we reckon.

A piece of fabric we sling across our mouth and nose has, in many ways, become a revealing symbol of who we are and how we see the world.

Wearing one in public places could suggest you’re someone who’s cautious, that you care about others, or that you’re someone that follows the rules and prioritises collective needs over individual desires. Skipping the mask and challenging anyone who asks you to wear a covering, meanwhile, may hint at an anti-authority streak, a passion for conspiracy theories, or simply a deep-rooted hatred for having anything hiding just how sculpted your jaw is.

Either way, you’ll likely want to date someone who’s on the same side of the mask-wearing divide as you are – if only so you don’t have an awkward clash in the queue when you go on a cutesy supermarket shopping date.

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