Strava DMs are now open

It’s not that I don’t like flirting on the Internet. I love naughty emails or Spotify Blend Playlist. But a horrible new flirting opportunity has presented itself on one of my social media platforms, and it could completely ruin me. You can now access someone’s DMs on Strava.

Strava, an application that tracks your workouts, today announced its new messaging feature. The main goal of adding DM to the platform is to create an easy way for Strava users to “coordinate adventures, connect for inspiration or advice, share their journey, and much more,” says Strava. wrote in a news article. I can certainly support this reasoning, but if there’s one constant on the internet, it’s that if the DMs are open, men will enter them.

You can message someone on the Strava app by going to their profile and clicking “Message” to the left of the “Follow” or “Follow” button. A notification will appear saying: “Let’s keep Strava positive. Remember to be kind when messaging others.” Below this note, you can click on the “Send a message” button. You can also click the chat icon to the left of the notification icon at the top right of your home screen.

You can both send a one-on-one message or send a group message, which could be useful when you’re trying to coordinate something for a running club where you may not have the Everyone’s numbers but you have their Strava accounts. And even if I don’t love the idea of ​​anyone messaging me on a fitness platform, I was honestly a little shocked that this feature didn’t already exist on the app.

“Running is not just a sport; it is a journey that unites us in remarkable ways,” said Toni Harris, the first woman to receive a college football scholarship as a non-runner. history of college football, in a Strava news article. . “As I prepared for my first marathon, the New York City Marathon, Strava became my sanctuary of raw authenticity. With its messaging feature, it was a community pursuing a common goal and striving to do my best. Through this, I found lasting connections and friendships that reminded me that even though I run “alone”, there is a whole community cheering me on.”

The only problem with this feature is how people use DMs on almost every other social media platform – but this one is meant for practice. Most of the time, people don’t want to be talked to while they’re exercising. Think about all the times you’ve considered approaching your gym crush, but decided against it because you’re at the gym to do one thing: work out and go home. You’re also on Strava to do one thing: record your workout and log out.

But not everyone on Strava wants it to be a lonely experience, and messaging can be a good opportunity to strengthen those connections. Please, God, don’t use this to flirt with anyone.

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