The new rules for finding love in a pandemic – CNBC
Social distancing and looking for love aren’t exactly the best bedfellows.
And since going on a date in real life now falls foul of most countries’ rules around coronavirus, singles are finding new ways to communicate with their matches, from dinner dates over Zoom to “watching” Netflix together – in their own separate homes – or simply finding time for an “online wine.”
Upscale dating website The Inner Circle has seen the number of messages sent rise by 116% over the past week, and overall activity is up 25% compared to “Dating Sunday,” the first Sunday in January and usually the most popular day for online dating.
Its users are mainly in large cities like London, Berlin, New York and Hong Kong and so are used to dating in urban bars and restaurants, but now they are finding themselves discussing things like toilet roll, according to founder and CEO David Vermeulen.
“There has also been an 800% increase in members talking about ‘quarantine’ since the start of March. Mentions of Netflix have also increased by 70% as people discuss how they are keeping entertained,” Vermeulen told CNBC by email, referring to users’ online messages.
Love under lockdown
Dating sites have moved fast to warn users not to meet in real life, with Tinder telling people to respect lockdowns. “Staying inside and doing your part to stop the spread of this virus is exponentially more important than going out to meet them IRL (in real life),” stated a