Does this still count as a blind date?

Your days as a lone wolf are over. The fairy godmother of dating apps woke up in 2020 with new tricks up her wand, and it’s not just a mere trifle, eh?

By the end of the year, you’ll be able to see your soon-to-be Prince Charming before you actually meet them in person. You know, to make sure they’re not more like a goblin under the drawbridge or a troll (double entendre)

This is good news for a few reasons. Firstly, and most importantly, security. Even though these apps guard your data like the goblin under the drawbridge, they don’t really commit to looking after your safety when you take the plunge to meet other users in real life. You’re basically doing it at your own risk, so having a bit more of reassurance you’re at least meeting a real person has to count for something, right?

If you want to dig in a bit more, here we found some tips that can be useful, under the sections “Choosing the Best App For You” and “Staying Safe While Using Dating Apps”. In any case, make sure that you’re informed about how your data is used and protected and take the necessary precautions when meeting somebody new.

Second, and now we’re venturing ourselves into the dark forests of attraction, you’ll know if you click with the other person before your first date. In a way, you can start making conclusions about whether you will or will not have a happy ending for your own fairy tale. Sure, it might be a little presumptuous, but it’s just a thought.

How many times did you end up on a Tinder or insert-dating-app-name-here date just to wind up realizing that the pics don’t exactly align with the person before you? Before you wander off counting in your head, just imagine what it would be like to go on the quest for your hero without all the doubt. A simple video chat is all it takes to at least reassure yourself that this could be the one for you.

Now, compare that to going through that hassle of having to walk up to their castle, shout out their name, wait until they lean out the tower window and only then finally see them. Too much of a risk.

Even though Badoo incorporated the video chat tool in 2017, other famous dating apps are lagging behind. There have been rumors, however, that Tinder and Happn are adding this feature. We will have to stay tuned to find out.

Let’s expect some big changes to the dating game in 2020, and soon, we can finally start our “Once upon a time…” on the right foot. Well, at least, that we can increase the possibilities of starting with the right foot before our carriage transforms into a pumpkin.