Contributed by: kellyseal Wednesday, May 01 2019 @ 08:54 am
U.S. Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is making history as the first candidate to have met his spouse on a dating app. The young millennial mayor of South Bend, Indiana and rising star in the sea of Democratic hopefuls disclosed that he and his husband met on Hinge.
In a profile in The New York Times in 2018, Buttegieg’s husband Chasten Glezman said he downloaded Hinge because he “wanted a platform where you’re not necessarily inundated with hookup culture and sex.” Hinge has marketed itself as a dating app for more serious daters since its inception, and has recently doubled down on this effort with a redesign aimed at helping users find relationships so they can delete the app.
Buttigieg is also the first millennial to run for President, offering his youth as a selling point against his competition. It seems fitting that like most of his generation, technology has also influenced his personal life, according to a recent profile in Slate[*1] . Dating apps didn’t exist ten years ago, although online dating has been around since the nineties. These apps however have made online dating ubiquitous among younger daters.
A 2016 report by Pew Research showed that the people using dating apps has tripled since 2013, and that nearly 6 in 10 adults said it was a good way to meet people. So as Slate points out, it seems that future Presidential candidates will likely have met their spouses on dating apps much like Buttigieg, as it is becoming an increasingly popular way to meet with no signs of slowing down.
Still, no other Presidential candidate to date has met a spouse through an online dating platform.
For now, the fact that Buttigieg met his spouse over an app is a novelty. He is also notably the first openly gay Presidential candidate. According to Slate, he came out publicly in 2015, and met his husband soon after. Buttigieg was drawn to Glezman’s profile on Hinge, even though he lived about two hours outside of South Bend.
“Obviously it’s really exciting for us to think that we could have paired a first couple,” CEO Justin McLeod told Slate.
Many outlets reported that Buttigieg “swiped right” on Chasten Glezman, but McLeod was quick to point out that Hinge doesn’t have the swipe feature, as it detracts users from looking through the complete profile. Instead, users can “like” specific interests or photos from someone’s profile, encouraging them to take their time.
McLeod also told Slate that privacy is of primary importance when it comes to its users. As soon as someone deletes the app, Hinge automatically deletes all the messages, so there aren’t records of any messages between the two (unless Buttigieg and his husband saved screenshots).
Regardless, this insight into their meet-cute could give Hinge a bit of a boost in the dating app market.