Need a Dating App Break? Bumble Adds ‘Snooze’ Feature Tech| Innovation
Constantly checking the dating apps on your phone for new messages and matches might leave you feeling burnt out, in need of a break. If you use Bumble, you can now take one without losing or offending your connections, thanks to the app’s new Snooze feature.
“If you’re needing some self-care, you can now set an away message so your matches know you’re not ghosting them,” Bumble wrote of the new feature.
Enabling Snooze hides you from all Bumble modes—including the main dating mode, the friend-focused BFF feature, and Bizz networking service—for as long as you like. Just head to the app’s Settings menu to enable it.
You can opt to remain invisible for 24 hours, 72 hours, a week, or indefinitely. If you like, you can also set a status for your existing matches while you’re away. The status options include: “I’m traveling,” “I’m focused on work,” “I’m on a digital detox,” or “I’m prioritizing myself.”
In a blog post announcing Snooze, Bumble Founder and CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd admitted that she deals with tech addiction.
“Social media has become a part of my routine, so much so that I find myself drifting in and out of those apps unconsciously and maybe, if I’m honest with myself, addictively,” she wrote. “I see a need to change it, and want to give our users an opportunity to breakaway from the constant noise, and have a healthy and well deserved digital detox.”
Bumble is joining a growing number of tech companies rolling out new features to quell tech addiction. Apple’s iOS 12, slated for general release in the coming weeks, includes an app called Screen Time, which is designed to help you keep track of and control device and app usage. Google added a similar feature to Android P, and Facebook recently introduced tools that can help you curb your addiction to its platforms.