“The Tinder dating app will soon be asking men to submit photos in order to verify their height,” writes long-time Slashdot reader SonicSpike, sharing a post made Friday (March 29th) on the official Tinder blog.
Let’s be real, when it comes to online dating — honesty is the best policy. Yes, your height matters as long as every other shallow aspect of physical attraction does. Please try not to take it to heart…
Height-lying ends here. To require everyone under 6′ to own up to their real height, we’re bringing truthfulness back into the world of online dating. Introducing Tinder’s Height Verification Badge (HVB), because yes — sometimes it matters. It’s the tool we’ve had in our back-pockets for years, but we were hoping your honesty would allow us to keep it there… Simply input your true, accurate height with a screenshot of you standing next to any commercial building. We’ll do some state-of-the-art verifying and you’ll receive your badge directly on your profile.
Oh, and by the way? Only 14.5% of the U.S. male population is actually 6′ and beyond. So, we’re expecting to see a huge decline in the 80% of males on Tinder who are claiming that they are well over 6 feet.
The post concludes that “Tinder’s HVB is coming soon to a phone near you,” and Tinder’s official Twitter account described the feature as “the thing you never asked for, but definitely always wanted,” with a short video showing their app displaying errors for incorrect heights. (The second error message reads “Seriously… Please enter your correct height.”) The video has been viewed 2.78 million times. Its tagline? “Let’s bring honesty back to dating.”
“It’s unknown at this point if this is a real feature that the company is adding to its dating app,” reported one local news site, “or an early April Fool’s joke.”
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