PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Dating-app Tinder introduced a “new tool” to verify a user’s height in an April Fool’s Day prank. It’s the “thing you never asked for, but definitely always wanted — Tinder Height Verification,” tweeted Friday.
Of course there is a good amount of lying and embellishment on Tinder and dating apps to begin with and one of the biggest lies men tell is that they are over 6-feet tall.
No more, Tinder says.
“It’s come to our attention that most of you 5-foot-10ers out there are actually 5-foot-6. The charade must stop,” the company said on their blog.
To verify your height, “simply input your true, accurate height with a screenshot of you standing next to any commercial building,” Tinder said in the prank.
“Tinder has always been about bringing people together. To celebrate April Fool’s Day, we wanted to raise awareness that really only 14.5% of the US male population is over 6′ despite the many Tinder bios claiming otherwise. This caused quite a stir among our users, and while we aren’t really verifying height, we do encourage people to stand proudly in their truth when filling out their bios. And conversely, we encourage all Tinder users to keep an open mind while swiping. Sometimes your most unexpected match can lead to amazing things,” said Jenny Campbell, CMO of Tinder, of the April Fool’s Day prank.
It’s become a bit of a meme on social media recently, where women turn away men on Tinder and other dating apps if the guy is under 6 feet tall.