Tinder has rolled out a new feature of “Block Contacts” through which members anywhere can block people using their phone numbers. This feature by the American geosocial networking and dating app prevents users from unexpectedly swiping into exes, relatives, friends, and others whom they would rather not see on a dating app.
According to a Tinder-commissioned survey, 40% of users ran into their exes, 24% ran into their family members, and one in ten swiped to find their professors as well. Unsurprisingly, 78% of the people surveyed stated that they preferred not to see or be seen by these connections on the app. As the feature was first tested in India, Japan, and Korea, it resulted in users with access to ‘Block Chain’ feature had approximately added dozens of their contacts to their block list.
Every time a member uses this feature, the app will display the contact list to choose whom to block, and after the member leaves the feature, only the contact information of blocked users will be kept with the app. Users can also manually block contacts if they don’t wish to share their entire contact list with Tinder. Whether those connections are already on Tinder or download it later with the same contact information, they will not surface as a possible match. Although, the possibility of a blocked individual still surfacing on their account may occur if that person logs into Tinder with a changed contact number.
Bernadette Morgan, Group Product Manager, Trust & Safety at Tinder stated, “We may not be able to save you from awkward run-ins at the coffee shop, but we are giving you more control over your experience on Tinder. We’re rolling out Block Contacts as an additional resource empowering members with peace of mind by helping create a worry-free space for them to spark new connections.”
The anticipation of a somewhat normal post-pandemic summer prompted 2021’s “Great Uncuffing,” the year’s wave of springtime uncoupling and the introduction of this feature comes just at an opportune time giving users more control over their Tinder experience.