A New Normal: How do you date and distance? – Purdue Exponent

A New Normal: How do you date and distance? – Purdue Exponent

“A New Normal” is a series of opinion pieces about the way we live now.

When I told six students waiting to get into Harry’s on a Thursday night that I was working on a story about dating during a pandemic, they guffawed.

“It’s nonexistent,” the guy on my right declared. His buddies nodded.

Would any of them be willing to sit down with me to talk about it?

The guy nodded, then joked, “That’s how bad the dating scene is: We’ll sit down with anyone.”

He had started the night in a group of about 12, Manden Minix told me later. One of the friends in that group had recently started dating a girl he met when she moved into their building. Of the 12, they were the only two in a relationship.

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