Tinder wants to help you meet your match from the comfort of your sofa. New Face to face video call function, which is slowly rolling out across the United States, allows you to video chat from the Tinder app without providing your phone number, Instagram ID, or Snapchat username.
Unlike other video chat services, Face to Face is specially designed for dating. Both users must subscribe to the Face to Face video before they even see a “call” button, and activation takes place match by match. You don’t know if your match has been activated until the “Call” button appears in your chat, and you are free to deactivate video chat at any time.
Once Face to Face unlocked, both callers must accept Tinder’s “ground rules,” which are fairly predictable. Tinder does not want nudity, sexual content, drugs, harassment or hate speech on the Face to Face chat. You can mute your microphone or mute your video at any time during the call, and Tinder always asks you if you need to report a user after a call ends.
One of the most interesting things about Face to Face is that it’s a split screen chat system. You can see how you look during a call, making it easier to get good lighting or to hide your surroundings from a stranger. Don’t look at yourself too much, little devil.
As you probably guessed, face-to-face video chat is Tinder’s solution to social distancing. It sounds like a scary idea on paper, but according to a recent study, about half of Tinder’s US users went on a video date with a game in June. In addition, video chat is much safer than face-to-face meetings, and it could help people check their games before they meet in person (after the pandemic, I mean).