Coronavirus Could Change Dating Forever—And Maybe for the Better – Vanity Fair

Coronavirus Could Change Dating Forever—And Maybe for the Better – Vanity Fair

“Catastrophes push us to make our next step in life,” said Helen Fisher, anthropologist, research fellow at the Kinsey Institute, and longtime adviser at Match.com. “That’s what they do…. You may have been vaguely aware that you want or need a partner, but you’re busy at work, you’re busy with your family, you’ve got your weekends with friends, et cetera.” The need for another person is “going to be very vivid for an awful lot of people,” she added.

Now is the time to plot your escape from the person who isn’t working out, to move forward with the divorce, and, for many more, to seek partnership. Crisis, Fisher said, “makes you realize what you don’t have and it propels you forward to fill the gaps in life.”

The added benefit, for optimists like Fisher, is that those who are single have time and a half to foster those connections. We’re stuck at home, at once lonely, anxious, bored, curious, sad, scared, and whatever other feelings the presence of the virus has inspired if we ourselves are lucky enough to be healthy. But from home, we’re talking to each other.

Bumble reported that it saw an 84% increase in video calls in the U.S. during the week that ended March 27 compared to the prior week. Messaging in the app was up 26% week-over-week for that same week. Hinge also registered a 30% increase in messaging worldwide in March compared to January and February. The League recently launched League Live,
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