It’s no secret that dating can be a challenge. There are many things to worry about: what to wear, how to act, where and when you should meet up with your date. It even got more challenging than ever at the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic. People were forced to stay indoors, in isolation, and without any human contact.
When people met, they were forced to stay apart and keep their masks on for protection. It was a trying time for the dating scene. Here is a compilation of the best tips to improve your dating life during the pandemic and how to go about it safely.
Does Covid-19 Complicate Online Dating?
These are just some of the many ways Covid-19 complicates online dating. People might find it hard to start new relationships while staying indoors and isolated with their masks on. The fear of rejection, intimacy, and getting hurt can kill off potential new relationships before they even begin. Of course, people who started dating while wearing masks might not mind the newly added barrier.
Here are three distinct ways in which Covid-19 has complicated online dating.
It is known that people tend to date within the English speaking community. It is a self-imposed limitation as most don’t know any other languages.
However, as more and more of them start learning new languages through apps such as Duolingo or language tapes, it might not be practical to limit your dating pool to people who speaks the same language as you. Learning another language will give you more options on where to find dates.
Fear of rejection
The fear of rejection has killed many a new relationship. It is an expected behaviour, especially when both parties are still getting to know each other. Still, it is often seen as mean or unsympathetic to the person who rejects another. However, the new disease complicates things even further. What would you do if your date rejected you?
Would you be able to handle it while wearing a mask and staying isolated indoors?
Fear of intimacy
Possibly the worst of all, shy people are even more afraid to get into new relationships. What if you accidentally let your mask slip? What if you said something that gave the wrong impression about yourself? A lot of time was spent in isolation, making many people more introverted than they used to be. Your date might find you unattractive or scary.
- 3 in 10 adults have never used online dating or apps
- 12% of people have been in a committed relationship or married someone they found on a dating site or app
- Over 41% of people on online dating sites are married
- More than 7% of online dating members are cheating on their partners
What are the New Dating Rules during the Pandemic?
When Covid-19 first started to break out, dating online became a popular way to meet and talk to strangers. However, to protect yourself from potential infection and ensure that you’re not putting any person at risk, you should always be careful and responsible when engaging in such activities. Here’s how:
Always Chat in the Right Environment
Since the Covid-19 pandemic, it has become significantly more important to ensure that you conduct your communication within a safe environment. The infection is transmitted via bodily fluids, but not only blood. Many carriers have been found to transmit the infection by coughing or sneezing on someone else, so being near an infected person can put you at risk.
Be Wary of Open Questions
The Covid-19 pandemic has made many people change their ideas about potential partners. The infection is thought to have started through contact with animals, so carriers are typically warier of other members who share their interest in pets or wildlife. This can often cause carriers to express an interest in these topics very quickly.
While people often express interest in the same things, it is important to keep your guard up when a potential partner brings it up too fast or is going into excruciating detail about their interests. Only time will tell if someone is just passionate about a subject or trying to hide something from you.
Make Plans Carefully and Check Up on Each Other
People are much more conscious about their safety now that Coronavirus is a pandemic. You should always meet up for the first time in a public place, well lit and with lots of people around. It’s also advised to keep yourself well informed on how long it will take someone to arrive so you don’t have to stand around waiting for a potentially dangerous stranger for too long.
Checking up on each other is also important, as it allows you to make sure that the person you met won’t turn out to be a carrier or someone with an ulterior motive. This can be done by asking them questions about their day and making small talk over the phone until they arrive.
Coronavirus Dating: Take it Slow
Since many people are more wary about simply sharing a drink or breathing the same air as someone, many carriers have been trying to find new alternatives. Unfortunately, they often put themselves at risk by seeking out dangerous people who can’t wait to take advantage of them for their gain.
You mustn’t seek alternative sources of intimacy simply because you want to avoid risks. While you should be cautious about sharing yourself with others, it’s important to remember that not all carriers are dangerous or ill-intentioned. You just have to take things slow and ensure that the other person isn’t too pushy.
- 2 in 10 sex offenders use online dating sites to meet their victims
- More than 15% of online dating members quit after the first three months
- More than 30% of online dating relationships are successful
- Most sites are dominated by women
Your Health and Safety Come First
While you shouldn’t be afraid of all carriers, you must remember that your health and safety always comes first. If someone seems too eager to share intimacy with you, take precautions to ensure that they are the type of person who will respect your needs.
This can include speaking on the phone or via video chat until they arrive so you can make up your mind about them before meeting in person. Keeping distance between you until you are comfortable is the best way to keep yourself safe during the Coronavirus.
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Safe Practices Make Coronavirus Dating Work for Singles
Thanks to the Coronavirus, many people are becoming even more conservative when it comes to intimacy. Instead of meeting in person or sharing drinks, many carriers have turned to dating websites and other places where they can meet.
Of course, this poses a unique challenge for those who wish to find someone without putting themselves at risk. Here’s how you can keep yourself safe while dating while the virus is still going strong:
Read Reviews of Your Potential Dates
One of the best ways to ensure that you meet a good person is by reading reviews. You can learn a lot about how honest they are and whether or not they have an ulterior motive just by looking at what others say about them.
Check their Social Media Accounts
Many people will turn to dating sites specifically because they want to avoid the risk of meeting someone in person. Unfortunately, this can put others at risk if they are carriers or have an ulterior motive. Make sure you check out your potential dates on social media before moving ahead with them. This alone can help you tell whether they are honest or if something is off with them
- Over 30% of women have used online dating sites
- More than 33% of online dating members have once been cat fished
- More than 26% of online dating members talk to more than five contacts at once
Meet in Public Places at First
If you end up meeting someone offline, make sure that you meet in public places at first. Some carriers will seek out potential dates on their own, and it’s better to be safe than sorry when you’re trying to have a good time. Consider meeting them at a café or anywhere else where they can’t force you to go somewhere with them.
Take Precautions and Trust Your Gut
You must take precautions around your potential dates and trust your gut when it comes to dating during the Coronavirus pandemic. While there are many great people out there, it’s important to know how to recognize the bad ones and keep yourself safe.
The world is becoming a more dangerous place than ever before, and that can be especially true when it comes to love and dating. The good news is you don’t have to avoid all carriers to protect yourself from those who would do you harm.
When it comes to dating and finding romance in an increasingly dangerous world, make sure you don’t let your guard down. The Coronavirus may not be as deadly as others, but it can put your health and safety at risk if you aren’t careful about who you meet and what you share with them. While there are many amazing people out there during this time, make sure you know how to tell the difference between good and bad people.
There are many ways to stay safe as you date during the covid-19 pandemic. Just follow the precautions mentioned in this article to ensure that you can have a great time without putting yourself at risk.
About the editor: Krystyna is the author of three dating ebooks, including ‘Krystyna’s lessons on successful dating Ukrainian ladies’ & ‘International Dating Digest For Men: Finding Love Overseas’. As the leading International Dating Expert and Dating Coach Krystyna is a consultant for many dating sites and is involved in a wide variety of different areas, such as personal dating coaching, online dating and matchmaking.
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