The landscape of dating and relationships has changed dramatically as a result of the current global pandemic. Social distancing guidelines in place across the globe have meant that dating – and how we date – has changed in a previously unseen way. The need to maintain physical distance from others has changed everything and has had a huge impact on the future of dating.
You can no longer go to a bar, have a few drinks and meet someone new – well, you could do but you’d have to stay six feet apart at all times. You could still technically go on a date, but they’ll be no hand-holding allowed, and a goodnight kiss has become a thing of the past. There’s no getting around the fact that the current pandemic has had a huge impact on dating.
A large number of single people have found this new pandemic reality difficult to cope with due to the significant impact it has had on dating and relationships. If you’re finding the concept of dating in a post-pandemic world daunting, below is a guide to what has changed and how you can continue to search for love during the pandemic.
Virtual dating is back in a big way
For anyone worried about where a potential date or hookup has been and whether they’ve been exposed to Coronavirus, there’s always the option of virtual dating. Due to the pandemic, virtual dating – such as via the likes of dating apps like Tinder and Bumble and the use of free chat-lines – has made a big comeback. There’s been a real increase in the number of people choosing to meet people virtually rather than in-person, and that’s absolutely fine. Believe it or not, online dating and phone dating can be a lot of fun.
Zoom dating has begun
As a result of the current pandemic, Zoom dating has been born. Prior to the start of the unprecedented pandemic, Zoom dating – or video dating in general – didn’t really exist as it does now. However, due to social distancing and not being able to be physically close to one another has meant that holding dates over Zoom has become an incredibly popular way to date. While dating via video call can seem a little odd at first, once you get used to it, it’s actually a lot of fun, particularly as you can do it from the comfort of your own home.
Don’t be afraid to ask potential dates about their pandemic approach
Dating in a post-pandemic world is an entirely different affair to what it once was, however, that doesn’t have to mean an end to dating. The key is to adapt the way in which you date, and not to let the pandemic hold you back.