COVID-19 has changed the dating game

March 24, 2020
Two people look down from Primrose Hill to view the Shard and central London as a backdrop in London yesterday. Several governments around the world have been encouraging people to practice social distancing to help prohibit the spread of coronavirus.

If you just woke up from being in a coma for the last month, you’d be introduced to a very different world. Yes, life as we know it has officially changed and it’s all because of a global pandemic – COVID-19.

Cities around the world have become ghost towns because of efforts to slow the spread of this virus. In addition to the obvious economic consequences of the shutdown, people’s love life has also been affected. Bars, restaurants, clubs, and other social venues have always been lively, with single people trying to find each other. This is no longer the case since the measures to fight COVID-19 have been implemented, and people are either ordered or encouraged to stay in their homes. Now, flirting, dating, and hooking up have become very challenging. This is especially difficult for single people who live alone and are looking for love. Spending the whole day in an apartment alone can be hard for a single person who can experience depression and feelings of loneliness.

Here are some activities that a single person can do to reduce instances of loneliness during this time. Who’s to say, they may be lucky to meet some new people and possibly start a new relationship.

Volunteer with an organisation on the front line

There are many organisations assisting with supporting the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic like the Jamaican Red Cross. You can become a volunteer. This will give you a purpose to get up every day and the chance to work with some new people. You will be making a difference by helping people in vulnerable communities. You might just meet the next great love of your life.

Sign up for online dating

With most people at home, they are spending a lot of time online. Signing up will give you the chance to actually interact with people who are stuck in the same situation, so you will have much to talk about. It’s easy and fun to build a new connection, and you can have really important conversations.

Join an online group

Find a specific topic that you are interested in, and join an online group that is concerned about that topic. From food to sports to fashion, there are myriad of groups online. They are great because there are many people who have a particular thing in common who will engage with you, and so you can build closer connections from these groups.

Make time for self-care

During this pandemic, your health is very important, so do everything to protect yourself, and follow all the guidelines set out by the health ministry. You can also get on a healthy diet and start exercising as well as read those books you were too busy to read before. Find ways to keep your mind occupied and stay positive.

There is no doubt that COVID-19 has changed our lives forever, and life as we know it will never be the same. The usual norms when it comes to dating, physical contact, kissing, and being in relationships will definitely be different after this pandemic. At the end of the day, the usual values of honesty, authenticity, mutual interest, and the need for love will remain. After all, human beings will always need love, and they will always find creative ways to find it.

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