Have you ever been set up by a friend on a "reto" date with one of their buddies or relatives? Tinder is making a callback to OG dating with its newest Blind Date feature.
On Blind Date, you won't be swiping left or right based on the person's photo. Instead, you first have to fill out a short series of icebreaker questions, then Tinder will match you with someone with similar answers. You'll be entered in a timed chat with your match, not knowing any details about them—aside from how they answered the prompts.
Once the timer runs out, you have the choice to Like the mystery person's profile. If you match, you'll finally be able to see each other's photos.
"There's something really special about letting conversation introduce someone’s personality, without the preconceptions that can be made from photos," said Tinder's VP of Product Innovation Kyle Miller. "The new Blind Date experience brings a surprisingly fun, banter-based way to interact and create connections that’s all new to Tinder."
In the early testing stages of the feature, Tinder found that members made 40% more matches than those using the Fast Chat feature with profiles visible.
Currently, Blind Date is only available in the US, but Tinder says it will be rolling out globally in the coming weeks. Once it's available in the Philippines, you can find the new feature under Explore.