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How the pandemic killed hookup culture and saved romance
Wine tasting. Discussing books. Going to concerts. These all sound like fun activities for a date night in a prepandemic world, before we all started self-distancing, wearing masks, and sheltering at home. But it turns out that these playful sparks of early romance are still taking place even now-on computer screens.

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Dating In The Times of Pandemic

Dating In The Times of Pandemic

As offline activities for dating couples have to be avoided, the dating brands of the internet have adapted themselves fast to accommodate virtual activities and in-build video chats. 

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Video Dating Or No Dating

Apps like OkCupid and Tinder see a decent surge in daily conversations in the last month. Ironically, the feature that they have recently introduced, Video Dating, wasn’t asked by anyone before ...

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Digital Date Ideas

Some of the interesting digital date ideas that are proposed in the dating Apps:

  • Build a playlist together
  • Watch TikTok Videos, trying to understand Millennials and ...

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Emotional Connections

Emotional Connections

Virtual dates are important for building emotional connections, which a recent OkCupid survey reports, are what more people are looking for. There is a 20 percent decrease in ‘hookup’ users, wit...

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Tinder Love

Due to the lockdown, and the resulting loneliness, boredom, and isolation, the Tinder photo ‘swiping’ feature is recording billions of swipes per day.

Recently Tinder unlocked its passpor...

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Virtual Options

Apart from finding the love of your life and casual dating, Dating Apps are being used by couples who are having trouble staying together in quarantine.

It may be an easy cheat for bor...

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The Future Of Dating

  • Video Chat turned into a ‘first date’, as now suddenly meeting someone in real life after a chat conversation can be weird and even dangerous. It is like a screening device, which every...

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Internet And Marriage

At least one-third of all marriages in the U. S. are now between partners who met online and researchers say online meeting-based marriages happen more quickly after the first date.

The Non-Divisive Effect

Before the Internet, dating was mostly restricted by one’s social and geographical limitations with friends of friends being the most common method of introduction. The Internet pairs couples that wouldn’t even meet otherwise.

Research also indicates that you're more likely to date someone from a different race if you're dating online, by a factor of about 7 percent. 

Combating Social Stratification

There's a troubling trend towards exclusive, private membership-based dating apps that only allow very rich or very popular people, essentially creating a dating bubble that socially isolates people by class.

By using less restrictive apps we have the widest possible pools of potential dates, rather than aspiring to something more exclusive, we're keeping ourselves open to more random love connections that cut across lines of race and class and everything else that divides us. We're doing our part to keep society more open, less stratified. 

Pandemics and dating

Currently, the entire world is focused on getting to know how long the pandemic will still last. One segment of the population, who is particularly exposed, is the one made up of single people.

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The threats of dating 

Dating presents threats even in normal periods of time, not to mention during a pandemic. You never know how the person from the other side of the dating application might turn out to be, now single persons have to add to this fear also the risk of contracting the virus. Trust in humankind - that is, that your partner will thoroughly wash his or her hands - is now more important than never.

The advantage of being in a relationship 

When faced with the danger of getting infected with the new virus, one might come to the conclusion that being in a relationship, which provides you with safety and the possibility to share your anxiety, might actually lead to a great feeling of comfort and less fear.