Dating app to expose relationship status

DC CORRESPONDENT
Published May 16, 2015, 3:44 am IST
Updated Mar 29, 2019, 4:35 am IST
Hinge, the dating app, is keen to weed out those with fake relationship

Hinge, the dating app that was recently launched in India, released an update that ensures every user’s Hinge profile reveals whether the person is in a relationship, engaged or married. The app, that uses Facebook as a base, requests for access to your Facebook profile and details while signing up and subsequently lists your relationship status on Facebook, on your Hinge profile. Hinge will not display any relationship status if you’re single but will show ‘married’, ‘engaged’, or ‘in a relationship’, if it says so on Facebook.

The information will be displayed right beneath your name among other details such as profession, interests, education, etc. The idea behind Hinge is that it uses social media network Facebook to help you find people with similar tastes and are in your extended social circle. The dating app uses your preferences, behavioural patterns and your location to come up with people who could form potential matches. By scouring through your social media circle, Hinge intends to pair you up with people with credibility.

 

Hinge released the update in order to provide a ‘more real dating experience’ among its users. “We hope that by announcing this early, people who are in fake relationships on Facebook will update their profiles to reflect their accurate relationship status,” an official from Hinge said.

The creators of Hinge were aware that people tended to abuse dating sites and are counting on the new update to weed out those with a fake relationship status. Yes, users could remove their Facebook status to find a way around the new update but it’s likely to land them in trouble with their partner.

 

The announcement is expected to see a surge in those looking for a proper dating experience, as the move will call out those who have been cheating or intended to. The update comes on the back of a recent news item that revealed that over 42% of the people on dating apps were already in relationships and a third of them, married.

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