Online dating and COVID-19 – The Blue Banner – The Blue Banner

Online dating and COVID-19 – The Blue Banner – The Blue Banner


Brandon Ayoung-Chee

Arts & features writer

bayoungc@unca.edu

Photo by Camryn Mickan
UNC student Kylee Lombardo facetimes possible love interests to follow COVID-19 protocols.

Timmy Michael Stone, a 21-year-old single student, said online dating during a pandemic gets you disinterested.

“Recently, I’ve gotten a little disinterested in online dating. I think that I was recently in a relationship, and now I’m not, you’re looking for someone who is in a relationship who can give you the level of similar interests,” Stone said.

He seeks something more genuine, a mutual liking. He said he found experience from using dating apps and that’s all he’ll need.

“You don’t go on Tinder, Bumble, or whatever to find someone to marry. You go on there to build experience with dating and find a general concept about it.  That’s how I feel at least,” Stone said.

The most important thing to Stone is finding someone of his interests, a crucial part of finding a long-term partner.

“It’s not as enjoyable to shoot for everyone. I don’t mean having standards, but, for example, I was seeing someone who was a nice
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