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MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 14: In this photo illustration, the icon for the dating app Tinder is seen on the screen of an iPhone on August 14, 2018 in Miami, Florida. The co-founders of Tinder and eight other former and current executives of the dating app are suing the service's current owners for at least $2 billion. (Photo illustration by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Want to chat with someone BEFORE you swipe right or left? Tinder is giving you the opportunity. They’re rolling out updates this week that will give people the chance to learn more about someone they might want to date. The dating app is adding several new features, including the chance to chat with potential dates before making a match.

That feature, called Hot Takes, is described as “a social experience” and will be the first time Tinder users are able to chat with each other before the match. But it’s brief, a timer will tick down during the session and users will choose to let it expire and move on or complete a match from there.

Tinder is also giving users the option to add videos to their profiles, instead of the still pictures currently allowed. They’re also adding an Explore tab later this summer, where users can search for people based on shared interests. Tinder CEO Jim Lanzone says more Gen Z users on the app are the reason for the updates. “A new generation of daters is asking for more from us in the post-COVID world,” he explains. “More ways to show off their authentic selves, more ways to have fun and interact with others virtually, and more control over who they meet on Tinder and how they communicate.”

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