Love during lockdown: Singles reinvent dating – Japan Today

Love during lockdown: Singles reinvent dating – Japan Today

How do you find love when you’re stuck at home? The coronavirus pandemic has made that challenging, to say the least. But millions of single Americans are finding ways.

Some have attempted socially distanced outings, others have turned to steamy video chats, while still others have tried international online dating as people adapt the art of seduction to the virus era — and dating apps are finding ways to adjust.

In normal times, Kate Earle, a 30-year-old teacher in Washington, finds it fairly easy to connect in person with men she finds attractive at first glance on Tinder.

“But because that’s not an option, the conversations are going on much longer,” she said.

Earle said those conversations also seem to veer more often toward “online sexual interaction,” but she added that she has never considered breaking lockdown rules for an in-person date.

“I think everybody is a little bit sexually frustrated, and I am as well,” she said. “And there’s definitely been temptation to meet up with somebody… but I think it’s not so much that I would actually do it.”

The Great Lockdown has driven single people around the world to online dating apps in record numbers.

Tinder saw an all-time high in usage on March 29, with more than three billion “swipes,” and the number of messages exchanged on rival app Bumble increased 26 percent over a two-week period in March in the United States.

The lockdown order came at the worst possible time for Beatrice, who was newly separated from her husband and
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