The pandemic dating scene: Where are singles in Fort Wayne supposed to meet each other now? – inputfortwayne.com

The pandemic dating scene: Where are singles in Fort Wayne supposed to meet each other now? – inputfortwayne.com

In a city where restaurants close at 9 p.m., and you can’t go anywhere without running into your ex-boyfriend’s mom, Fort Wayne singles have a new feat to overcome in 2020: The pandemic dating scene.

Under normal conditions, an attractive potential partner might be found sipping an IPA on the stool next to you at Henry’s. Your eyes might meet mid-asana in a yoga class at Prana, or they might be pouring themselves a cup of piping hot coffee right in front of you at a CreativeMornings breakfast lecture (shameless plug).

But during a global pandemic, which has left bars bare, canceled public events, and extinguished every would-be spark of a hopeful new encounter with the threat of a highly contagious virus, where are singles in Fort Wayne supposed to meet each other now?

After coming out of a serious relationship mid-quarantine, I, Olivia Lehman, have flung myself into the murky waters of dating. In Fort Wayne. During a pandemic. (Ah, what I do for a paycheck!)

So where do we begin? Perhaps the most logical place to start exploring this curious phenomenon of “pandemic dating” is that fated first-encounter. For as long as eyes have been meeting across rooms, smirks have been tugging at lips, and butterflies have been fluttering in bellies, the first encounter with a potential partner has been a cherished experience that can set the tone for an entire relationship.

But now that everything in life is moving online during COVID-19, digital dating has officially become the new bar.
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