Tinder Is Giving Away Pairs of COVID Tests to Get People to Go on Actual Dates Again

Tinder Is Giving Away Pairs of COVID Tests to Get People to Go on Actual Dates Again

(Link): Tinder giving free COVID-19 tests to users so they can meet up safely

The dating app giving 1,000 free mail-in tests to 500 Tinder matches

(Link): Tinder’s new giveaway could make Covid dating safer … for one day, at least

New York (CNN Business)After more than a year of health restrictions putting a crimp on in-person dating, Tinder says it’s gearing up for one of the “flirtiest years of our lives.” With that in mind, it’s giving away free Covid-19 tests to encourage safe dating.

The dating app is giving 500 couples who match on Tinder a free self-testing kit so they can they can “take their flirt sesh to the next level,” the Match Group (MTCH)-owned brand announced Tuesday. Tinder partnered with Everlywell, the maker of a federally approved Covid-19 test, for the promotion.

(Link): Tinder Is Giving Away Pairs of COVID Tests to Get People to Go on Actual Dates Again

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by Alan Parker

….this is just sad.

As reported by Insider, dating app Tinder is now giving its users COVID-19 tests in sets of two.

The reason, purportedly: It’s trying to encourage people to date again.

As Insider puts it, “Users in the U.S. will be able to reserve two tests directly via the app — one for them, and one for their match.”

A “His and Hers” medical test is probably not as unprecedented as some might think, and if you’re gonna go to bat during a pandemic, you might as well wear a helmet while swinging for the fence.

…Still, if you fancy working a brain-joust into your pick-up lines, consider mention of the Everywell COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit DTC — Tinder’s choice for the promotion.

It’s an RNA test and not ribbed for your pleasure. However, Everywell does claim the sinus stab is a “lower nasal swab” designed to be “easy and noninvasive for effective self-collection from home.”

Perhaps this is just our here-to-stay new normal — Seinfeld once joked about whether a prospective date was “spongeworthy.”

….Nonetheless, Tinder’s offer is indeed a good one; out-of-pocket, the test kit costs $109.

But you’d better get ’em while they’re hot — the app’s only handing out 1,000.

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