How is the Pandemic Affecting the Way People Date? – Psychology Today

How is the Pandemic Affecting the Way People Date? – Psychology Today

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In this second of a two-part series, I explore new data from a survey conducted by the dating website Match.com on how singles are dating during the COVID-19 pandemic. My first post explored changes to singles’ attitudes toward relationships and what they were hoping to get out of online dating. In this post, I focus on how dating itself has changed, from virtual dates to health and safety concerns.

How did singles feel about virtual dates?

Without the opportunity to get together at a bar or restaurant, singles could turn to virtual dates via video. Fewer than 20 percent of daters, overall, had a video date. However, younger people were much more likely to have tried video dating. A full 50 percent of GenZ respondents (those 18 to 24 years old) went on a video date.

How did these virtual dates go? Overall, daters’ experiences were mixed. On the positive side, 56 percent felt romantic chemistry during a video chat, 59 percent had meaningful conversations, and 65 percent felt that the chat made them like their date more. On the negative side, 54 percent felt that video chatting made them like their date less, and 56 percent found it to
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