Online dating surges as singles entertain themselves in lockdown – Sydney Morning Herald

Online dating surges as singles entertain themselves in lockdown – Sydney Morning Herald


The use of dating apps has skyrocketed as singles spend the coronavirus lockdown matching and messaging prospective partners, but taking the next step to meeting in real life remains fraught.

A leading epidemiologist has warned that even when restrictions start to ease, lovers could be limited to dating within the “germ bubble” of their own postcode, to reduce the chance of a new wave of infections.

John Francis has been spending more time on online dating and is looking forward to meeting people in real life.

John Francis has been spending more time on online dating and is looking forward to meeting people in real life.Credit:Janie Barrett

Last weekend, activity on RSVP – including the number of members on the site and the volume of virtual winks and messages – was 45 per cent higher than in mid-March when Australia went into lockdown.

It was also 10 per cent higher than the period before lockdown, which includes Valentine’s Day and is RSVP’s busiest time of year.

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Meanwhile, the Inner Circle, a dating platform for young professionals, reports a 64.5 per cent increase in matches since mid-March in Australia when stricter travel restrictions were imposed.

The number of messages sent by Australians through the platform was up 140 per cent. Globally, there has been a
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