QUARTZ - May 10 - Covid-19 has forced a pivot to video for many online singles. A shift (towards video) within the (dating) industry has accelerated. Bumble launched in-app video chat in 2019 and said its use increased 56% worldwide over the last two weeks of March.
Online dating consultant Mark Brooks envisions a landslide industry shift to video, similar to Tinder's expansion to smartphones in 2013. His first client, Webdate, attempted this in 2005. The same year, what eventually became YouTube initially flailed as a video dating website. "It's been a long time coming, but I think in a couple of years it will be unusual not to be able to do a first date on a dating app," he said.
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