Dating isn’t easy in the best of times, but the Coronavirus pandemic has really put a strain on people’s relationships making virtual dating during the pandemic a preferred option whether you’re single or taken. Lockdown rules are changing every day, but for the time being the guidelines are clear – stay home and stay safe.
If you’ve been single since March, this probably meant that you’ve had to take your dating online, or have dates 2 metres apart while wearing a mask. Romance in 2020 is very peculiar indeed and this time in our lives will probably be remembered for generations!
Let’s have a look at the different dating options you have available right now, whether you’re looking to find love and settle down or just have a little fun and curb your loneliness during the pandemic.
VR chat rooms
Let’s start with one that perhaps you hadn’t considered before – VR chat rooms. Imagine being able to create an entire world for you and your date and have your first meeting in outer space, in a perfect mansion of your design or even in the Wild West! There are a few VR chat rooms to choose from, such as VRChat. Even though this technology is fairly new, it is rapidly gaining popularity during the pandemic.
There are usually public chat rooms as well as private ones, so you could potentially meet someone new in the VR chat itself, or bring your date there too. Of course it won’t be very realistic as both you and your date will have to create digital avatars so you could end up walking around with a green-haired anime character or Spongebob Squarepants, but the interactions will be real and the voices will be too.
Not into dating cartoons? Hey, there’s always VR porn instead! It’s as close as it comes to real life love-making, and although you aren’t technically dating the characters in the films, it can still give you a real sense of intimacy that we’re all missing so much in lockdown.
Don’t you wish you had bought some Zoom shares back in 2019? This company definitely didn’t share our furlough worries, with everyone switching to Zoom for work meetings, checking in with family and friends and even dating!
It was so easy to date pre-pandemic times. You could meet anywhere and go anywhere you wanted. This year we’ve been limited to staying at home and having dates on our phones. It’s not as bad as it sounds though! It has actually given people the opportunity to learn more about each other during their first dates without the pressure of physical intimacy and you don’t have to deal with the distractions of a busy bar or restaurant.
Make your Zoom dates a little more interesting than just a general chat – get creative by doing some art together, or do a virtual tour of a museum. Concerts are great fun in-person, but they’re actually well worth it online too! You could do an online escape room, watch a movie, share a dinner or drinks together or play some board games. Apps like Houseparty soared during the pandemic as it allowed people to play games together in a very easy way.
Virtual singles gatherings
If you’re not having much luck on Tinder, perhaps an organised virtual gathering, such as those run by Here/Now would be more up your street. Instead of meeting just one person, you get to meet a whole group of them, so you have more options by the end of the night.
They even give you activities to do that help spark conversation and take you beyond surface-level small talk. In their first ever meeting during the pandemic there were only two rules. The first: don’t talk about work. The second: don’t talk about quarantine. Afterwards, you just mark who you felt a spark with – either romantic or friendly and if it’s mutual, the agency will make the connection.
Back to basics
Sometimes the old ways work best and by that we mean good old dating apps like Tinder, Bumble, Grindr or eHarmony. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that these apps saw a huge rise in usage since the start of the pandemic. With nothing much to do, people took to swiping to pass the time.
You may be a little limited with what you can do on a date, but a walk around the park 2 metres apart is still on the table! Otherwise, you could always just chat online and get to know each other a bit better until lockdown is fully over.
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