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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/14/singleton-search-love-coronavirus-dating-risks

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The singleton's search for love in the time of social distancing
In opposition to the smug marrieds, we singletons have always liked to position ourselves on the frontline of life, squaring off against creeps and weirdos in our valiant search for love. Already shut out of the property market and two-for-one meal deals, we're now unfairly burdened by coronavirus, confronted with a new dilemma: risk infection by going on dates, or remain for ever alone.

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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 singl...

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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 an...

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Dating In The Times of Pandemic

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Digital Date Ideas

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