It’s not that I don’t like flirting on the internet. I love a sassy email or a Spotify mix playlist. But a terrible new flirting opportunity has entered one of my social media platforms and it could completely ruin me. You can now enter someone’s DMs on Strava.
Strava, an app that tracks your workouts, announced its new messaging feature today. The whole point 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,” Strava wrote in a news release. I can get behind that reasoning for sure, but if there’s one constant on the internet, it’s that if DMs are open, men will enter them.
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You can send a message to someone in the Strava app by going to their profile and clicking “Message” to the left of the “Follow” or “Follow” button. A notification will appear that says, “Let’s keep Strava positive. Remember to be nice when you message others.” Below this note, you will be able to click the “Send Message” button. You can also click the chat icon to the left of the notification icon in the upper right corner of the home screen.
You can both DM one-on-one or send a group message, which I can see being helpful when you’re trying to coordinate something for a running club where you might not have everyone’s numbers, but you do have their Strava accounts. And while I don’t love the idea of literally anyone messaging me on a fitness platform, I was honestly kind of shocked that this feature no longer exists in the app.
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“Running is not just a sport; it’s a journey that brings us together in remarkable ways,” Toni Harris, the first woman to be awarded a college football scholarship as a non-major in college football history, said in a Strava post. “While preparing for my first marathon, the New York Marathon, Strava became my haven for raw authenticity. With its messaging feature, it’s about a community that pursues a common goal and strives to be the best it can be. Through it, I have found lasting connections and friendships that have reminded me that while I am running ‘alone’ there is a whole community cheering me on.”
The only problem with the feature is the aforementioned way people use DMs on almost every other social media platform – but this one is for practice. Most of the time, people don’t want to be talked to while exercising. Think of all the times you’ve considered approaching your loved one at the gym, but decided against it because you’re at the gym to do one thing: work out and go home. You’re on Strava to do one thing: log your workout and get out.
But not everyone on Strava wants it to be a lonely experience, and messaging can be a good opportunity to strengthen those connections. Just please, dear God, don’t use this to attack anyone.
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