LONDON - A lot can change in a year.
No, we're not talking about politics. We're talking about the realm of online dating.
If you've been off the dating scene for a while, things have changed a little bit since you were last swiping.
Naturally, we've made you a little catch-up guide to make sure you're prepared to hit up the dating scene in 2017.
Here are seven things that changed in the realm of online dating over the past year.
Now, go forth and swipe in 2017.
Tinder launched on TV
2016, the year that Tinder became your favourite party game.
Yes, the days of passing your phone around the pub are numbered. If you have an Apple TV, that is.
In December, Tinder announced the launch of its app on Apple TV so you can now bring your swiping to a TV screen and enjoy it with friends.
Instead of swiping with your finger, you'll use the Apple TV's remote to swipe either left or right.
The only difference is, you and your fellow gamers won't have access to the app's functions like chatting or profile editing.
Bumble stepped up its verification
If you're worrying about catfishing, you'll be pleased to know that Bumble stepped up its verification processes in 2016.
The company launched a new feature that allows users to go through a verification process that uses selfies to check their identity. During the process - which typically takes less than a minute - Bumble shows users an image and asks them to take a selfie mimicking the onscreen pose or gesture. The process is designed to improve safety and engagement for all users.
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