Traditionally, politics, religion, and physical appearance were among the most important factors for choosing an online dating match, but platforms are finding that COVID-19 has introduced an even more important personality trait for romance seekers: Their philosophy on mask-wearing.
Online dating platforms like Tinder, eharmony, BeNaughty, and others have recently added “mask preferences” as a required personality trait, and sorting filters have revealed that these traits are now the most commonly viewed.
Popular dating platform Match explains that if a user checks the “yes” box they are telling potential suitors that they will not leave their home without wearing a facial covering. Contrarily, the platform states, answering “no” means the user thinks face masks are stupid.
On some platforms, if a user selects “yes,” there is an additional prompt that allows them to choose their preferred facial covering. For example, Match users can choose among the following options: “Bandana,” “Disposable,” and “Reusable.” In this case, if the user selects “Reusable,” they will have the opportunity to choose additional options, such as “Neutral,” “Tie-dye,” “Superhero,” “Pro-Trump,” and “Anti-Trump.”
In related news, more and more people are abandoning online dating as they face more challenges than ever before, and that is – in many cases – first impressions can be made only from the eyes up.
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