How the Pandemic Is Affecting Dating Attitudes – Psychology Today
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Earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic, I speculated about how the lockdown might affect dating. Now, some data is in. For its annual survey of singles, match.com surveyed over 5,000 singles about how their dating behavior has changed during the pandemic. In the first of two posts, I explore the results of this new survey.
Did people get more or less serious about dating?
In my previous post, I detailed how existential angst can cause people to re-evaluate their priorities in life. The pandemic literally has people thinking about life and death on a regular basis, and this causes people to reflect on what gives their lives meaning – reflection that could make people prioritize the search for a serious relationship. The data suggest that this trend did occur, with 53% of dating app users reporting that they had gotten more serious about their search for a relationship since the pandemic started.
Many singles also re-prioritized what they’re seeking in a mate. About 45% said they were putting less emphasis on physical attraction than they were prior to the pandemic. This could help people find partners more suitable for long-term relationships. While physical chemistry is important, physical attraction is only one piece of the puzzle — a piece often Source…