Dating During COVID
Dating is already challenging enough on its own. Throw something like a global pandemic into the mix, and dating during COVID becomes nearly impossible.
Sure, dating these days may seem incredibly daunting, but it can be done. Thankfully, technology has made it easier to continue to meet people while still being careful about your and others’ health. Ready to get started?
Start by Going Online
Long before COVID reared its ugly head, online dating became a popular way of meeting people. Instead of going out to meet people or going on blind dates, online dating sites help you to find people you’re interested in.
There are millions of people on one of the major online dating sites, and you get to review their profiles from the privacy of your own home. Awkward small talk and costly dinners aren’t things you have to worry about right away.
Try Video Dates
Other benefits of online dating are video chatting and direct messaging. These can be great ways to get to know people you meet online a little better. Going this route, you can see the person and talk to them in real-time, just through a screen instead of in-person.
That screen also offers you a bit more safety health-wise these days. So, you might choose to stick with online dating for a bit longer than normal; this is a great way to have a few more Zoom dates to make sure you’re interested in meeting up in person.
Check Out Your Date
Do you like someone enough to meet up in person? Before you do, take one more step to make sure that they are the great person you met online, and their profile reflects who they really are.
You can’t learn everything there is to know about someone just from their online profile. They will always try and hide those little secrets; some even resort to an online background check or reverse phone lookup verifying a person’s information and identity. Those kinds of online searches may also help you find out if they have a criminal record you need to worry about.
Follow Guidelines When Going Out
If you are concerned about COVID, one option is to get yourself tested and your date before meeting in person, just for added peace of mind. If you feel healthy and show no symptoms, the CDC has says it acceptable to assume that you’re safe to be in close physical proximity.
From there, follow recommended guidelines when out in public. When and if you’re ready to ditch the mask, consider meeting up someplace quiet and outdoorsy. Or, assuming you’ve already spent a lot of time talking online and have verified their background, you could arrange something more intimate at one or the other’s home.
There’s been a lot of talk about how COVID has made people feel isolated and lonely. But with the variety of technological tools out there, there’s no reason for you to feel lonely any longer. Happy dating!