‘People are not taking 2020 off from dating’: Singles cautiously connect amid unrelenting pandemic – USA TODAY
A free dinner. “It’s just drinks.” Sex with no strings attached. Remember the carefree nature of casual dating before the COVID-19 pandemic?
Then the country went on lockdown in March, shuttering restaurants and bars and leaving singles without the typical spots to chat up new people or go on dates. Weighed down with worry about contracting a virus that has taken thousands of American lives, many daters swapped meeting in person for video chat and returned to phone calls to connect.
About five months into the coronavirus era, understanding the health crisis has lasted beyond a spring fling or even summer romance, some singles are showing signs they’re ready to date.
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“People are not taking 2020 off from dating,” says Logan Ury, director of relationship science for the dating app Hinge.
Dates among Hinge users in the U.S. increased 9% from May to June. The number of users on Coffee Meets Bagel who are venturing out on in-person dates is on the rise, too, says Jenn Takahashi, lead of communications and PR. In April, only 7% of U.S. users were meeting up in person,