Dec 18, 2019

Dating apps expect flurry of traffic during the winter months

Date night in 1970. Photo: H. Armstrong Roberts/ClassicStock/Getty Images

We're in the heart of cuffing season, which is the popular millennial term for the winter months when people stop dating around and pair up with someone to spend the cold, snowy days with.

To that end, dating apps are seeing an uptick in activity. Bumble projects it'll pick up 3 million new users in the period between Thanksgiving and the Sunday after New Year's Day (Jan. 5)

  • That day is dubbed "Dating Sunday" because it's consistently the busiest day for online dating — likely because the holidays are over, and you're now staring down a cold, lonely winter.

The big picture: Bumble has close to 80 million users worldwide. Per the company's analysis, there will be around 20 million in-app messages sent on Jan. 5 alone. Last year, Tinder told Bustle that it saw 44 million matches on Dating Sunday.

Go deeper: The future of the first date

Go deeper

Bumble reinstates Sharon Stone's account after it was flagged as fake

Photo: Isa Foltin/Getty Images for GQ Germany

Dating app Bumble reinstated actress Sharon Stone's account Monday after suspending it for several hours because users flagged it as fake, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters: The mixup highlights how seriously dating apps are taking fraud after facing increasing scrutiny in 2019. The Federal Trade Commission is suing Match Group, the owner of Tinder and Match.com, among others, for using fake accounts to encourage users to sign up for subscriptions.

Go deeper: Dating apps expect flurry of traffic during the winter months

Keep ReadingArrowDec 30, 2019

Elizabeth Warren's campaign says it raised $21.2 million in Q4

Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

Elizabeth Warren's 2020 presidential campaign said Friday that it raised $21.2 million during 2019's fourth quarter.

Why it matters: It's a disappointing haul for the Massachusetts senator, who raised $24.6 million last quarter, and coincides with a sustained drop in her polling after she briefly challenged Joe Biden for frontrunner status in October.

Go deeperArrowJan 3, 2020

China overwhelming the West in cities over a million people

Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

This decade began just after a historic inflection point, with 51% of the world's population living in urban areas.

By the numbers: That proportion has continued to rise steadily, reaching 55% as of 2018. It's climbed faster in China, up from 48% to 59% — meaning an additional 180 million people are living in Chinese cities.

Go deeperArrowUpdated Dec 30, 2019