The pandemic has changed everything in a matter of a few short months. The world came to a stop, and along with it, the love lives of people worldwide. It should come as no surprise that the pandemic hasn’t changed people’s desire to hook up. What has changed is how people are hooking up and the methods they’re using. People are still dating during the pandemic, but it’s surprising that the process has changed. People are no longer going to crowded restaurants and concerts, but have settled for online dates and quiet times together away from people.
Are people still going out on dates?
The short answer to that question is yes. However, it depends on what you consider a date. Before the pandemic, a great first date might have been a walk in the park. Now, due to social distancing regulations, first dates are often happening on Zoom or Skype. People no longer have the luxury of seeing each other in person, but that hasn’t stopped them from hooking up.
The first date and beyond are drastically different now
Those people who are courageous enough to go out in public are still going out on dates. Restaurants and other places are open in some areas, but access to them is still never limited. Couples who do hook up online are now turning to more traditional places to go for dates than what most are used to. A chat on the porch is now considered a date instead of a meal at a fancy restaurant. You can still eat, as long as you don’t mind getting delivery and eating it at home.
Many of the distractions are gone that once existed
If your date sucked, at least you could enjoy the music if you went to a concert. If you went to a BBQ joint, and things went south, at least you had the good food to savor. Now it’s you and your date. What does that mean? It means that people are getting to know each other on a much deeper level. Now you are forced to talk to each other and not rely so much on outside stimuli to keep you occupied. Just think about how many times the background activities kept dates running smoothly when otherwise they wouldn’t have. All of that is gone now, and in the end, it’s a good thing.
Relationships are going to get stronger because of the pandemic
The dating community is bummed out as a whole because of what’s going on with the coronavirus. Beyond it being an inconvenience, it might be a blessing in disguise. Now you must get to know your date and not allow distractions to get in the way. You spend time talking with each other online long before seeing them in person. Your online chats will enable you to get to know each other better, and that’s a good thing. The main reason why so many relationships fail is that they aren’t based on communication. You must talk to each online, and that’s a good thing in the long run because it means you have to get to know the person. No longer can you allow your eyes to guide you when now you must rely on your intellectual self.