Will COVID-19 Change Boston’s Dating Scene for Good? – Boston magazine

Will COVID-19 Change Boston’s Dating Scene for Good? – Boston magazine

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Being single in Boston was hard even before the days of social distancing. But could the post-pandemic dating scene actually be better than what we had before?


Illustration by Jon Reinfurt

Way back in time, when people still went out to bars with strangers and you could touch your face in public, I went on a first date with a guy named Joe. We had agreed to meet at a bar he’d picked that was between our houses, and he texted as I was parking to let me know he’d gotten there early to snag us seats—a sweet but probably unnecessary gesture. The place, which looked like a Masonic hall with microbrews, was almost empty when I walked in. He was easy to spot: Sitting at the bar, tall and tattooed in a bright-blue button-up shirt, he was the only one who didn’t look like a dad. I crawled up onto the tall chair next to him, my feet dangling. Excited as I was, I was also prepared for almost anything—I’d done enough dating in Boston to know that it’s like Russian roulette, only with more bullets and without the mercy of a quick
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