Trump’s Presidency Has People Coupling Up Like They Did After 9/11

Trump’s Presidency is apparently inspiring people to couple up. Grant Langston, CEO of eHarmony says, “I was actually here [at eHarmony] when September 11 happened, and some of the things that we saw then are similar to the things we see now.” He explains following the terrorist attacks there was a major spike in membership, connections, and communications. He’s seen those same upticks in activity since the election on November 8th (about a 35% increase) during what are typically the slowest months in online dating, and it’s the first time he’s seen number like this in 15 years. And it’s not just on eHarmony, Bernadette Libonate, the director of brand partnerships over at OkCupid, reports that between January 20th and 31st this year, the number of photo uploads on the site increased 37 percent from the same time period in 2016. Robyn Exton, founder of Her, the largest app for lesbian, bisexual, and queer women worldwide, has also noted a big increase in traffic. Exton hypothesizes that the need to reach out stems from our increasing desire to connect with like-minded people. (Refinery 29