Dating in a Pandemic Means Connecting at a Distance – Reform Austin
“This whole thing has made a huge culture shift,” said Aaron Estrada, an Austin resident and single man, when he opened up about dating during a pandemic.
Standing 6 feet apart while trying to date may have complied socially in the 1950’s, but in today’s world of instant communication, love has found a new way of existing. Dating apps, our generation’s loophole to love connections, has been a resource to date new people while in quarantine.
Dating applications such as Hinge, Bumble and Tinder have quickly adapted to the new normal by creating more ways for users to connect digitally. We spoke with company representatives and singles on dating apps to see how the playing field has been during the pandemic.
“People aren’t really doing much so they’re more on their phones, they’re more responsive, less distractions, a lot of people aren’t working,” said Estrada.
Communication Representative Ally Bruschi from Tinder nods to these social changes and said that “in the U.S., conversations have gone up 19% and have become longer in length by 8%.”
“Users have been starting their conversations off with ‘are you okay?,’ and using phrases like ‘be safe’ plus using the hand washing emoji,” said Bruschi.
Dallas resident and University of Texas at Austin