Could The Coronavirus Change The Dating Game?

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Due to the coronavirus, people all over the world have been quarantined in their homes. It has impacted all common everyday activities, from going to the grocery store to commuting to work. For those living the single life, the pandemic hasn’t stopped them from dating, just the way they are doing so. Here are a few ways the coronavirus pandemic has changed the dating game.

The Impact The Coronavirus Has Had On Dating

Heavily Relying On Online Dating Apps

Currently, people can’t find potential matches in-person with movie theaters, bars, clubs, restaurants, and other public places being closed. Instead, they must use online dating apps to find potential matches and dates. By dating online, there is no threat to being exposed to the coronavirus. 

In light of the current situation, many popular dating apps are starting to make adjustments to their platforms in order to accommodate those who want to video chat. For example, Tinder plans to launch an in-app video chat feature by the end of the year. This will only make online dating that much more popular, even after the pandemic slows down.

Video Chat Dates

For those who are dating someone and are done using dating apps, they have to use video chat services to see each other face-to-face. It’s just like meeting someone on an in-person date, minus the physical contact. Some popular video chat apps include Zoom, FaceTime, and Google Duo. Much like online dating apps, video chat apps have seen a huge boost in popularity since the start of the outbreak, and it shows no signs of slowing in the near future.

Not Wasting Time With Small Talk

With the current situation, many singles don’t want to waste their time with small talk on dates. Their time is precious, and they don’t want to waste it. Many of those who are dating are starting to become more straightforward and honest with their relationship wants and needs. 

Being Creative With Social-Distancing Dates

With online dates now occurring at-home, you’ll have to be creative when it comes to date ideas. Some ideas could include going on an at-home picnic, streaming a movie together simultaneously, and taking a virtual tour of a location or museum. 

More Focus On One Another

Most dates pre-coronavirus usually occurred at busy public places like restaurants, malls, and parks. What do all of those places have in common? Distractions. And these distractions can interfere with getting to know the person you’re on a date with. However now, with dates not occurring at public places, people can now focus on getting to know one another distraction-free. 

Missing Human Touch

The negative impact the coronavirus has had on the dating game is not being able to physically interact with one another. In most relationships physical touch, whether it’s kissing, holding hands, or something more, can help create that spark between two people. When that aspect is removed, it can make it difficult to judge if you like someone you’re dating or if they like you back. 

What Will The Future Of Dating Hold? 

Right now, it’s unclear how much the dating game will change after the coronavirus pandemic passes. However, there are several realistic predictions that can be made regarding the future of dating:

  • Increased use of dating apps. 
  • Rise in video chat dates. 
  • No more wasting time on small talk. Many will focus on getting straight to the point and being honest with what they want. 
  • Less dates happening in public places like restaurants, movie theaters, etc. 
  • Dating apps will focus on including and enhancing video chat features. 

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Corinne Evans
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