Dating During the Pandemic, How to Plan a Safe Date

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AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) —A new app has remixed dating during quarantine. By pairing potential matches based on musical tastes, Vinylly invites users to press play when they discover someone to connect with.

“Swiping right or left is too simple, answering a 347-question survey is too much, and neither one brings us any closer to making a true connection,” said Rachel van Nortwick, Vinylly creator. “Vinylly learns to understand you by learning about the music you love — and, in doing so, puts the needle on true compatibility.” 

Unlike other dating apps, Vinylly users start by pairing their Spotify accounts with their dating profile, taking first impressions beyond the superficial likes and awkward small talk. And, when a user streams more music, the algorithm responds and Vinylly produces new matches. 

In addition to musical favorites, potential matches are also connected based on proximity and other dating categories. Keeping to the platform’s theme, bios also showcase a variety of music-related fields — ranging from past music purchases to concert habits. 

“Vinylly has the ability to match people on a deeper level through something powerful that they share,” van Nortwick said. “We’re all missing live events as well as meaningful connections right now, and this platform bridges that gap, too.”

Additionally, Vinylly acknowledges the importance music can play in healing. Vinylly has partnered with Musicians On Call (MOC) as its official non-profit charity. Musicians On Call brings live and recorded music to patients, family members and staff in hospitals nationwide. As many people experience uncertainty and isolation during this global pandemic, the healing power of music is more critical now than ever. Thanks to its virtual programs, Musicians On Call is currently one of the few charities that is still able to provide programs directly to patients and caregivers in hospitals.

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