The 2020 Coronavirus pandemic has infiltrated so many aspects of our everyday lives, forcing us to work or study from home rather than risk congregating in offices or colleges; enforcing social distancing when we’re shopping. The situation has been especially tough for singles, given that the traditional outlets for socializing – bars, nightclubs, settings for hobbies and other leisure pursuits, and so on – have often been closed to the public for months. One area that hasn’t just been unaffected, it has seen a steep rise in activity, is dating platforms. According to datingcharts.com, virtual romance is booming right now. Here are five tips for dating and relationships during these troubling times.
One obvious effect of the Coronavirus climate is that it has taken a lot of the hustle and bustle out of life. Rather than rushing out on our morning commutes, we’re taking a stroll to our laptops. When it comes to our social lives, singles don’t feel the same pressure to jump into their next relationship. Why should they? Flirting online is easy, and the choice of venues for a night out with a new partner has been severely curtailed. This temporary lull is an occasion to relax and take some timeout from otherwise busy schedules.
Do background research
People are now naturally wary of interaction with individuals they don’t know that much about. Dating sites allow you to browse through personals, gaining an idea of how sociable someone is. Do they have indoor or outdoor hobbies? Are they mixing with a lot of different people? This is one of the reasons online dating is so advantageous -you can restrict search parameters to a fine degree. You could check the location of prospective partners, asking the pertinent questions to anyone who happened to come from a COVID hotspot. Have they, or anyone in their social circle, been affected?
In online and offline situations, singles getting to know each other can be tempted to play mind games. This can be regarded as part of the process of becoming familiar with someone. Flirting involves a degree of winding up, of toying with the other person’s affections, making cheeky insinuations that might or might not be true. In the present atmosphere, this should be kept to a minimum. It would be far better to lay your cards on the table from the start. In 2020, openness and honesty is the new flirting!
You have to accept the way the social landscape has changed this year will have a knock-on effect on dating. Nobody can expect to approach any new relationship with the same degree of optimism they would have done in 2019. In these uncertain times, individuals might be less likely to want to commit. If you spend a lot of time on social media or interacting with other singles on dating outlets, you should be prepared for the possibility of less commitment from others. You might be merrily chatting and flirting with someone for a while, only for them to get cold feet. So a good tip would be to develop a thicker skin. You just might be ghosted more than you’ve been used to.
Be especially cautious about taking anything offline
It probably seems like a no-brainer, but shifting your relationship status from strictly online to offline get-togethers must be handled with extreme care. Talk about dangerous liaisons! You’ll have to ask some serious questions before a face-to-face encounter. How well do I know this person? Where would the safest venues for our first date?