COVID-19 has completely transformed the world of dating. Single people still want to connect with each other, but they also need to stay safe – and this has led to a lot of video dating! People speak for months without ever meeting in person, which can lead to some fairly confusing situations, especially if you’re used to meeting your crush as soon as you start talking.
Here are some of the most common questions single people ask about dating during the pandemic.
1. Should I Stop Dating During The Pandemic?
You might think that there isn’t much point dating during a pandemic; after all, you probably won’t be able to meet in person for a while! However research indicates more people are using online dating websites during the pandemic, so now is a great time to sign up and start matching with other people. And let’s be honest; all of the extra free time means that your crush will probably reply to your message fairly quickly!
2. Should I Label The Relationship Before We Meet In Person?
If you’ve been speaking to someone for a few months you may want to make things official – but is that a good idea if you haven’t met in person? The answer totally depends on the relationship (or should we say ‘quarantationship’!). If you video chat and text regularly you might be ready to start an exclusive relationship, but if you rarely video chat you may want to hold off for now. After all, people can seem very different over text, so you may not know them as well as you think.
3. How Can I Make Zoom Dates More Interesting?
Zoom dates are one of the best ways to get to know someone better during the pandemic – but the dates can get a bit repetitive after a while. You can make your dates more interesting by doing activities together, even though you are technically apart. For instance, you could make the same recipe together, or you could watch a tv show that you both love. You could even go for a hike together!
4. How Do I End It If We Haven’t Met In Person?
You’ve been talking to someone for a while, but you’ve realised they aren’t the one for you. You might be tempted to ghost them (after all, you’ve never even met them in person!), but if you spoke to them for more than a few days you should tell them how you feel by text or over Zoom.
5. Should I Meet My Crush In Person?
No you shouldn’t. In-person meetings are prohibited in most areas for a reason, so meeting your crush is irresponsible and dangerous. If you live in a town where lockdown has been lifted, you could consider meeting your crush if you have both tested negative for COVID-19. However it is important to understand the potential risk you are taking. Stay safe, and look after yourself!