Has the art of dating been lost? These singles are waiting to find out – Sydney Morning Herald
Alice Dodge is a self-assured, upbeat person, but even she has seen a hit to her dating confidence during the pandemic.
When you haven’t been on a face-to-face date in months and a raging health crisis is rewriting the rules of social interaction, knowing when, and how, to date is tricky.
Like many singles, Dodge eased off online dating at the start of the first lockdown and focused on her work, health and friendships.
Now, as Melbourne begins to open up and the 35-year-old PR professional engages in more text conversations, she is excited to date again but feels somewhat out of practice.
“[You] have to refamiliarise with the rituals of dating, whether it’s what you’re going to wear and pre-date banter … If you haven’t done any of that since March or February, you’re going to be a bit rusty.”
Dodge also feels uncertain about what people want out of dating now and says she is steeling herself for dates to be flops or to be called off at the last minute, perhaps because of health anxieties.
“It’s going to take everyone a while to feel ready to fully commit. I’m trying to