As I’ve learned, dating under quarantine is quite a game-changer… not impossible; but definitely, not ideal either. With President Trump extending social distancing until at least April 30 – virtual dating has to be normalized. It’s the new kind of protection we need to be using with our first dates (or even with those we don’t live with).
In Wisconsin, Governor Tony Evers specifically mentioned “no sleepovers, no play dates” in his tweet about the Safer At Home Order… which, I heard loud and clear, prompting myself (and hopefully many others) to figure out how to be creative while still ‘seeing’ people.
Enter the world of technology and the ability to video chat with whoever/whenever you want whether that’s via FaceTime, Snapchat Video Call, Zoom, Houseparty, or countless other options.
With all of this downtime while we self-quarantine (assuming you’re not sick or showing signs/symptoms of COVID-19) has us looking for something the pass the time. If you’re single, you’ve probably downloaded a dating app and have been swiping through your options.
To be helpful and against my better judgment… here are many of the apps I’ve tried over the years… Hinge, Bumble, Tinder, Coffee Meets Bagel, OK Cupid, Hater, Plenty of Fish, Ship, Zoosk, Clover, and Facebook Dating – that was more than I expected and I did the website versions of Match and Christian Mingle, gotta try ‘em all! Haha.
Chatting on one of the MANY dating apps can only take you so far. I myself, am not a huge fan of having a pen pal and before Coronavirus isolation I was one to take the conversation offline as quickly as I could. What’s the best solution for dating someone you haven’t met and want to be sure you’re not getting catfished with our current situation? Video chats.
As I explained in “10 Date Ideas During Your Isolation” for dates to do from home WITH your person in the same room, it’s important to set the mood of getting ready for your date. Treat a video chat like a regular date – shower, floss/brush your teeth, put on a clean shirt (if you have one),