Looking for Love Online During Lockdown – Psychology Today

Looking for Love Online During Lockdown – Psychology Today

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The potential effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on physical health, mental health, and the economy are vast. But there are also effects on our relationships, as we are socially isolated and many of our normal social activities are closed to us. Previously, I wrote about how this crisis may cause people to contact ex-lovers. It is also affecting how singles date. Not surprisingly, with social venues, schools, and workplaces shuttered, online dating websites and apps have seen a 20-30% increase in use. So how successful will these newly formed relationships be, and what might this mean for the future of dating?

How might these dating experiences be different?

Just because people are stuck at home doesn’t mean that their need to connect with other people and their desire to pursue romantic relationships is gone. While some people might be experiencing depression, which frequently leads to social withdrawal, many people still have a strong desire to connect with others. And the forced isolation may have them feeling especially lonely and eager to connect with someone.

Maybe people will get more serious. The urge to connect may be especially strong now—and not just because people are lonely and isolated. This pandemic has
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