How Has Dating Changed During The Pandemic?
By Space Coast Daily // August 17, 2020
The rise in popularity of the dating site(and the app equivalent) has given singles so much more choice. Websites are catering to a variety of tastes, whether you are seeking a one-night-stand or the love of your life.
The ultimate aim any dating site remains to provide an introductory platform where singles can connect before meeting face-to-face (especially where these get-togethers are intentionally casual, or with no strings attached.)
But the pandemic has cast a shadow over this aspect of online dating – the moment when people, who have never met before, touch base in person. So how has dating changed during these uncertain times?
Increased site traffic
The most obvious impact of the worldwide health scare is that people are being forced to spend so much more time indoors, either to ‘hotdesk,’ or to interact with their social circle.
Everything from business meetings to family catchups are being conducted via software such a zoom. This reliance on technology to maintain lines of communication has spilled over into other areas, with dating websites seeing a marked increase in popularity.
According to experts from bestpolydating.com, there has been an upward trend in online dating for many years now, but the current pandemic climate has had a positive boost on site membership.
More intense interaction
We are all so much more aware of the latent health dangers lurking out there, especially when it comes to direct contact with people we don’t know that well.
When it comes to dating, particularly in the online environment, we can have no way of appreciating the background or immediate medical history of the person who has started texting.
This makes us naturally more cagey about opening up to someone than we might have been this time last year. Once we get past the initial suspicion, we will still be more likely to want to find out so much more about the singles at the other end of our chats.
We can now keep in touch with prospective partners so much more vividly. Just because you are in a lockdown situation is no reason to feel isolated, especially when it comes to flirting.
There is an increasing number of chat apps out there, easily downloadable, that will provide you with the tools to start live conversations, presenting the person you are connecting with to your browser in your home, in 3D.
There’s no substitution for meeting in the offline world, but the availability of virtual reality software can mean absence can keep the heart racing.
Long-term over short-term
The pandemic has meant that one-night encounters or ‘no strings attached’ sex has been relegated to a poor second choice to the pursuit of more serious relationships.
Where there were always health concerns regarding casual get-togethers where STI’s were concerned, now there is the added risk of a stranger being infected with Covid-19.
For many singles, this has meant the focus on their online dating has switched from an informal flitting from the profile of one single to that of the next in a neverending conveyor belt, now they are more likely to concentrate on building a rapport with particular individuals.
For all that the pandemic is changing certain dating attitudes, there are certain aspects of behavior that will always be there.
Many are drawn to dating sites because they are lonely or feel socially isolated, and this will be the case long after the current global health situation subsides (assuming it does!) So while there may have been a rise in people embracing online dating through fear, there will always be individuals joining sites through necessity.
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