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You Can Now Block Your Ex On Tinder And Avoid That Awkward Swipe

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You Can Now Block Your Ex On Tinder And Avoid That Awkward Swipe

An unexpected encounter with the ex can be awkward in any location, but Tinder is right up there with the worst of places for that to happen.

You're moving on, they're moving on, and here you both are - presented to each other as a potential match in the modern day mating marketplace.

What do you do? Obviously, the whole reason you're on Tinder is because you've parted ways, but would swiping left seem rude? What if they swipe right and you don't - will that seem petty or mean?

It's a minefield, but thankfully Tinder has now deactivated these mines by introducing a blocking feature.

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Block your pervy uncle while you're at it. Credit: PA
Block your pervy uncle while you're at it. Credit: PA

Users simply have to go to their profile settings, where they will find a 'block contacts' feature.

From there, they can input which of their contacts they'd rather not see, or not be seen by. So while you're blocking your ex, you might wanna get rid of your boss and your randy gran too.

Whether these contacts are already on Tinder or decide to download it later using the same contact info, they won't appear as a potential match.

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The feature was initially tested in India, Korea and Japan, and members who used the block contacts option added an average of about a dozen contacts to their block list.

Bernadette Morgan, group product manager of trust and safety at Tinder, said: "We may not be able to save you from awkward run-ins at the coffee shop, but we are giving you more control over your experience on Tinder.

"We're rolling out Block Contacts as an additional resource empowering members with peace of mind by helping create a worry-free space for them to spark new connections."

If you need a little help 'sparking new connections', then a bloke who claims to be one of the most right-swiped men on the app has a few tips for you.

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James Langton, who runs the Dater Help YouTube channel, took part in a Reddit Ask Me Anything where, predictably, he was asked what he thinks helps him get so many matches.

James has been swiped more times than a credit card. Credit: Tinder
James has been swiped more times than a credit card. Credit: Tinder

James replied: "I think it's a mixture of everything, but having photos that portray a story and a bio that's informative with a clear 'call to action' (reason why someone should match and speak to me)."

James shares more tips on his YouTube channel, and in a recent video, he recommended using Tinder on desktop rather than through the app, as that will boost your ranking, apparently.

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He also suggested making sure your profile is actually complete, with links to your social media channels, and to switch on 'recently active' so that other Tinder users will see that you've been online and are more likely to swipe right, knowing that you'll be around to have a chat.

Happy swiping/blocking everyone.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: World News, Dating, Tinder

Jake Massey
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