Tinder Is Giving Away Pairs of COVID Tests to Get People to Go on Actual Dates Again
The dating app giving 1,000 free mail-in tests to 500 Tinder matches
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.
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.