Match Group, which manages sites like Match, OKCupid, Tinder, Hinge, and Plenty of Fish, is looking to make the dating world more personal and accessible. That’s why they’ve come up with a new feature that puts users in contact with professional dating coaches.
Unlike most apps that have AI chatbots, Match’s AskMatch service comes with the help of real-life trained professionals, ready to answer all of your questions and accept phone consultations. The information dispensed ranges from creating appropriate dating profiles to more complex stuff like dressing for a first date, how to define a new relationship, coping with ghosting and more.
Hesam Hosseini, Match’s CEO, tells Business Insider that AskMatch could be a welcome feature for men who have trouble discussing their love life. “I think in general, men are half as likely as women to talk to family and friends about their relationships because they struggle with opening up.” he said. “We see that women want a second opinion and validation for the path they’re on, and men are just asking advice.”
Aside from being a safe outlet for people, AskMatch also sounds like the ideal service for those who find Tinder hard to access, especially users who are older and don’t feel as comfortable with relying on interactions through a website.
While Tinder is one of the most used apps in the world, it has also changed the way people date and meet each other, giving a safe space to those who feel more comfortable meeting people online.
The AskMatch feature is now available for users in New York City and will be available throughout the country by 2020. Although its trial run is free to use, it’s not known how long this will remain the case. If you live in New York, take advantage of that free consultation.