Bandwidth Helps Online Daters Connect while Protecting Their Privacy

19 Mar

We’ve all been there before. Trying to find that “one” special person in the sea of people we interact with every day. As humans, most of us look to make that special connection with someone and live our “happily ever after” fairytale.

These days, we’re all so connected online that it only makes sense to go online to find your potential mate too. In fact, according to Pew Research Center, one in five adults ages 25-34 have used online dating but it’s also becoming more popular with older singles as well.

But do people feel safe using online dating sites?

As singles weed through potential suitors online, they want to get to know each other better— and what better way to do that than to talk? Exchanging personal information like your phone number is a crucial step in that process. A new study from Bandwidth confirms that 78% of respondents felt that they could build a stronger personal connection over the phone, rather than email. (Download our infographic to check out the full survey results.)

But do people feel comfortable handing out personal phone numbers to practical strangers? Personally, I know many people who are reluctant to do so (including myself!). Bandwidth’s study solidifies that notion as well, with 83% of the respondents saying they would feel safer using online dating services if they were not required to share their personal phone numbers.

Enter Bandwidth, the online dater’s knight in shining armour, to save the day. Bandwidth’s App Platform powers capabilities that add a layer of anonymity to online dating— while allowing singles to establish the deeper connections they desire. As the product manager of the service, I could not be more excited about the level of comfort this new feature will provide to those using online dating.

With Bandwidth’s App Platform offering, consumers no longer have to provide their personal phone numbers and instead can use a temporary number instead. Then, once they feel secure with a new match, or they no longer wish to continue speaking with the potential suitor, they can stop using it and discontinue the number. Being an optimist and romantic at heart, I hope for the former, but the realist in me acknowledges that it doesn’t always work out. In either case, Bandwidth’s got online daters covered. Happy soul-mate searching!

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Deirdre Clarke
Deirdre Clarke
dclarke@bandwidth.com

Deirdre is currently a Director of Product Management at Bandwidth in Raleigh, North Carolina. She started her career as a software developer, after graduating from Rutgers with a degree in Computer Science. Before moving to Bandwidth in 2014, she was at Motorola for 18 years where she started as a software developer and then made the leap to more of a business role in product management in 2007. In this new role, she really flourished and today still enjoys creating new software products and features to help solve problems for her customers. At Bandwidth, she spearheads new software products in the call tracking and anonymous calling arenas. In her spare time, she is a deeply involved in the Triangle TechGirlz program, helping to ignite young girls' interest in future tech careers.

3 Comments
  • Nick Outlaw
    Posted at 12:09h, 25 March Reply

    Nice to see technology used to in such a noble way to protect the clients and consumers! Hopefully other companies will follow Bandwith’s lead!!

  • 情趣用品
    Posted at 19:52h, 05 April Reply

    Awesome! Thanks your sharing!

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