Things got hot at this year’s Winter Olympics.
The Olympic games are about national pride, gold medal achievements, record-breaking athletic accomplishments, and, well, hooking up. Each year, regardless of venue, the Olympic Village that hosts most of the athletes distributes in the neighborhood of 100,000 condoms to the athletes, the press, and the hosts. This year, host city Pyeongchang upped that number by about 10,000 individually wrapped prophylactics.
Of course, it’s not hard to understand why so much (ahem) protection is needed: social media-slash-hookup app Tinder reported a 348% increase in activity in Pyeongchang during the Games, with a more than 500% increase in “swipe rights” among the athletes, coaches, staff, and spectators in and around the city. The increase in matches among interested Tinder users has hovered around 644% near the venue.
According to data provided to ABC from Tinder, “For the men, it’s the bobsledders followed by hockey players, snowboarders, alpine skiers and, finally, the skeleton racers. For the female athletes, the snowboarders are at the top of the list followed by the alpine skiers, bobsledders, lugers, and freestyle skiers.” Now you know which sports are “hot,” in case you were looking to take up a new hobby or exercise regime.
Let them eat cake
Lest this information lead you to mistakenly believe that the Olympic Games are a giant love fest, it’s worth noting that a record number of athletes attended this year’s events. Also, some athletes have stated that the number of “protective devices” distributed at the Games is misrepresented; those items may not be put into practice, but are often taken by the handful as Olympic-branded souvenirs. Moreover, countries like Norway–who set a record for the most medals earned in any Olympic Games, despite having around half the number of athletes in attendance as countries like the US, celebrate their victories with a far more down-to-earth indulgence: cake.
This uptick in traffic is good news for Tinder considering two separate security issues that have impacted the app. One was a security flaw that allowed hackers to target your messages and images, while the other, more recently discovered flaw allowed a complete account takeover. Both issues are reportedly patched.