How People Are Dating During the COVID-19 Pandemic – LA Magazine
As if dating in Los Angeles weren’t hard enough, add a plague to the mix. People who avoided online and app-based dating like, well, the plague are being forced to reconsider their prohibition and give it a shot, often setting up virtual first dates via Zoom, Skype, and FaceTime.
“I’ve always avoided dating sites, preferring to meet people in real life”, says a single, 32-year-old female friend of mine, “but I’m forced to use them now that I can’t go out anywhere. What I never liked about dating apps was that some guys act like kids in a candy store with so many women on there, even if they’re a total loser. But on the other hand, she says, “I’m meeting people I would have never met otherwise.”
Now, like millions of Los Angeles singles, she trolls Tinder, Hinge, and OKCupid for virtual dates on Saturday nights. “The key to all this is to Skype or Zoom with someone you are interested in after a written chat sesh so you can weed out people first. Like, I just talked to a guy who claimed he was a successful “actor/producer”, but then I Zoomed with him and saw his crappy studio apartment in the background with four cats.” The poor guy quickly got “Zoomed,” new slang for being virtually kicked to the curb.
Melissa Hobley, Global Marketing Officer at OKCupid says the site has seen activity on the site surge 20 to 30 percent in the last month. “People want to be