What’s it like to date in Seattle during a pandemic? – Seattle Times

What’s it like to date in Seattle during a pandemic? – Seattle Times

Editor’s Note: Beginning next week, we’re starting a weekly feature called Seattle Dating Scene. We’re hoping to feature readers’ thoughts and stories about what it’s like to date in Seattle. For one of our first features, we’d like you to answer the question: “How has being together 24/7 during the coronavirus quarantine affected your relationship with your significant other?”

Please email your answers to: dating@seattletimes.com by Wednesday, June 24, for publication in a future edition of The Mix.

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During a time of crisis, it’s instinctual to want to reach out to a loved one. To seek some form of human intimacy. Coronavirus is a crisis in and of itself, but the precarious nature of work in the time of a pandemic, the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests and the inability to plan for the future have combined to make us lean harder on our partners for support than ever before. But the pandemic has forced some couples into involuntary long-distance relationships and stymied dating for many singles in the Seattle area.

In the age of technology, long-distance communication should be easier. But for three Seattleites, this time has been anything but. With the nature of their relationships changing uncontrollably, they’ve been struggling with being alone.

“I can’t hug the person I love,” said Raquel, a bisexual 25-year-old nurse who first spoke to The Seattle Times about her dating life for a story last fall, and who asked to be identified
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