It has become one of the hottest buzzwords in South Korea’s dating scene at the moment

It has become one of the hottest buzzwords in South Korea’s dating scene at the moment

Users say profiles with only masked up photos can be misleading. Amid growing complaints, some dating app operators are cracking down on those considered a magikkun — a portmanteau from the English word mask and the Korean word sagikkun which means a fraud.

Having met dates who looked dramatically different when the face mask came off, she has now come up with a plan to prevent being led on.

Ideally, profiles with maskless photos are preferred. After chatting for a while I ask to send a selfie or video chat.

Kang also said there has been a surge in mask wearing profiles on his app since the pandemic began and has received complaints from users over profiles that are heavily masked up.

As gatherings were canceled and opportunities to meet potential dates scarce, online dating app Blind Date grew in popularity, said CEO Kang Ba-da of the app

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So many profiles have photos with a mask on so we make sure only one photo with a mask on is allowed per profile.

But if it’s a full body shot, I think people still find it useful to scan one’s fashion style and body proportion even with a mask on, he said.

Choi Ho-seung, CEO of Hsociety Corp. — a company behind several dating apps including Sky People — also said the number of photos where people have their masks on has grown massively.

The app has a strict verification system as a quality control measure and users must have a balanced set of photos to be registered.

In many selfies taken outdoors or full body shots, people are wearing a face mask so we are being flexible with accepting profiles when they have other photos where their facial features are on clear display.

Kwak Geum-joo, a professor of psychology at Seoul National University, explained mask wearing can provide some psychological comfort to people by hiding their flaws in a society where looks matter. Continue reading