Teleport is a new video speed-dating platform where you get set up with five people that you share similarities with and get to go on five dates in 30 minutes.
Afterwards, you're able to continue messaging the people you met during the dates if you both chose the option to keep talking to one another.
It is designed for people of all sexual orientations.
To get paired up, you get yourself a "ticket" for different events that pique your interest, such as one called "Outdoor Adventure anyone?" then you will get to meet people who also signed up for the same event when it begins.
Teleport will officially launch in Montreal on June 17 at 8 p.m. and you'll be able to start signing up for events that evening, which will allow you to go on dates with people of similar interests.
"Starting June 17th, we will have weekly events on Thursdays, 8 pm where people are smartly paired," Teleport told MTL Blog.
Why do the creators think Teleport is necessary in today's world?
The creators of Teleport, Chad Goodman, Tyler Greenberg and Michael Ding have been working on the app for two years now. "We completely evolved the way you meet new people," the creators told MTL Blog.
"The future of social is live, in the moment, and as exciting as the real world. We believe that the best encounters are face-to-face. When you can see their smile, hear their voice, and feel their energy."
"Swiping right will never replace that magic. But, swiping and texting have replaced real connections. The very apps that seek to bring us together are what are making us feel so alone."
They concluded by saying, "Dating should be exciting, in the moment, and face-to-face, not a mindless game, swiping on fake profiles. Teleport is inspired by the real world, and we believe that it’s the first real dating app.”
How can I make a Teleport profile?
Once Teleport launches on June 17, you'll be able to go to either the website or the app, which you can find under "Teleport Dating: Video Events" on the Apple App Store, and start building your profile.
When creating your Teleport profile, you'll be asked different questions like your star sign, how often you exercise, "do you enjoy drinking?" and more to help the team at Teleport get to know you better.
You can also write a bio about yourself and add various photos.
Once your profile is all set up, you can take a look at the events happening for Montreal and see which ones you'd be interested in video chatting people at!
According to Hinge, Montreal users' top dating pet peeves are:
The conversation being too one-sided (26%)
The other person not being what you expected (25%)
The date being on their phone too much (15%)
The date being rude to staff (10%)
A date who is clearly not over their ex (9%)
Hinge told us that, when asked on a date, almost one in three (29%) Montreal Hinge users most value their match suggesting a specific plan for the date. Initiating a solid date idea could score you some major brownie points.
If you feel nervous about dating, Hinge suggests video chatting before meeting in person. Seventy-three percent of Montreal Hinge users plan to do this, even when the pandemic is over.
If you've been single in Quebec during COVID-19, your DMs have most likely been dry — at least if you've been following public health protocols issued by the government. In the hours of frenzied swiping you can waste when searching for the next love of your life on Tinder, Bumble, Hinge, Facebook Dating and other dating apps, it might seem like there's an endless array of choices in Montreal's dating pool.
But little is known about how Canadians, including Montrealers, are actually using dating apps right now, a period marked by confinement and red-zone closures.
Are they even using dating apps? Or have other methods of dating become more popular?
We spoke to some of your favourite dating apps, as well as local matchmaking experts, to find out more about Quebecers' dating habits during the pandemic.
Are Quebecers using anything besides dating apps to date right now?
Cheryl Besner, a Montreal matchmaker and CJAD 800 radio host, said that matchmaking has slowed down amid COVID-19.
She thinks this decrease could be due to local singles being strapped for funds as a result of losing work during the pandemic.
Besner said she hit pause on her matchmaking service in March because she didn't think it was right to capitalize on forced isolation.
While financial woes may have caused local matchmaking to slow down, she said high-end matchmaking among wealthy Montrealers who have the disposable income to spend on dating is still going strong.
Kavita Ajwani, who owns Montreal-based company Dashing Date, told MTL Blog she has seen a "major increase" in virtual speed dating. Many of her new customers, she said, have been first-timers.
The average price of attending a virtual speed dating event with Dashing Date is $29.
How have Quebecers used Bumble throughout the pandemic?
We talked to a spokesperson for Bumble about how its Canadian users have dated during the pandemic.
Bumble has a video calling feature directly in the app to facilitate virtual dates and friend meet-ups while Canadians are forced to quarantine due to COVID-19.
In Canada, Bumble saw over a 70% increase in video calls during the week ending May 1, compared to the number of video calls during the week ending March 13, according to the spokesperson.
Bumble also saw that Canadian users sent 33% more messages on Bumble at the start of the pandemic in March — likely due to the boredom induced through having to be home at all times.
"In Canada, the average video chat time on Bumble increased from 15 minutes during the first week of social distancing to over 30 minutes during the height of the pandemic earlier this year," a spokesperson told MTL Blog.
She also said Bumble implemented a new 'Virtual Dating Badge' feature that users could include on their profile to indicate they were open to video dates.
She said one million global Bumble users added the feature to their profiles.
How have Quebecers used Hinge throughout the pandemic?
A spokesperson for Hinge told MTL Blog that the company has not made local Canadian statistics available.
But they did give us some indication of how Hinge users have behaved during the pandemic — if you're a Hinge lover, these statistics include your usage.
Hinge saw a 30% increase in messages among users this past March, compared to January and February, the spokesperson said.
Hinge also rolled out video calling to facilitate virtual dating during the pandemic. The spokesperson said that Hinge found over half of its users are likely to keep using video chats as a dating tool, even when they can safely meet up IRL.
In a Hinge study from this past summer, a majority of LGBTQ2+ Hinge users — 55% — shared that using the app had been helpful with fighting feelings of loneliness or isolation, especially by being able to get in touch with people in their city, according to the spokesperson.
Hinge data shows that the most popular time for video dates is 9 or 10 p.m., which they says is known as the "Dating Hour."
And what is most striking, the spokesperson revealed, is that Hinge’s app downloads were up 82% this year as of November, despite global lockdowns as a result of COVID-19.
Other than the one visitor that the government has allowed for single individuals, human contact is limited.
The pandemic is further amplified by the fact that we're in cuffing season, which Merriam-Webster defines as "a period of time where single people begin looking for short term partnerships to pass the colder months of the year." Cuffs is short for handcuffs, get it?
With most places such as bars and restaurants shuttered, faces covered by masks and six-foot distances required, where and how does one date in the middle of a global pandemic?
We asked Montreal dating coach and matchmaker, Cheryl Besner, just that.
Besner says this is challenging because you can't give someone an eye, send someone a smile or "accidentally" bump into them anymore.
If you're a student in an online class, she suggests making use of what you're wearing and your environment to showcase who you are and what you like: if you're into music, hang a photo of your favourite band on the wall behind you.
And, tempting as it is, don't turn the camera off!
"It's about giving yourself the opportunity to stand out and branding yourself in that environment so that you give people an interesting way to make an introduction to you," she says.
Besner does not condone inter-office dating, but she says you can "springboard to meeting new people at work" in the same way if, say, a colleague has a friend to set you up with.
What should I do on a first date?
According to Besner, a first date — which she calls a "pre-date" — should last around 45 minutes. Short and sweet.
Go for a walk, go for a coffee, or sit on a park bench somewhere where you can maintain your distance, says Besner.
Further down the road, she says, "I know you're gonna think this is crazy, but a date can be to go get tested for coronavirus together."
Besner says that while it doesn't seem romantic, it shows a lot of consideration and was common during the HIV epidemic.
"It is a bonding experience and it's very much where we are right now," she says.
"[It says] I care enough about you to do this and make sure that we can go to the next level if we choose together."