You swiped right? Hope you love to talk: Dating during COVID – The Journal News / Lohud.com

You swiped right? Hope you love to talk: Dating during COVID – The Journal News / Lohud.com


A month into the pandemic, James Sears, a 29-year-old financial advisor from Irvington, had just ended a six-month relationship. So he downloaded a few dating apps and started looking.

Not unusual, but what is unusual is that the pandemic has changed how we date. Some single people are happy to remain single longer, in a bid to stay safe; some want to find love, while others feel isolated and are just looking for company. 

And guess what? Men and women approach pandemic dating differently. 

Alexa Blanco and James Sears are pictured outside of the Red Hat on the River restaurant in Irvington, Jan. 26, 2021. Sears found Blanco on a dating app and they had their first date at the restaurant on the Hudson River.

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Most women interviewed for this story did not want to share their experiences for publication, but for those who did, the general feeling was that men just want to hook up versus getting to know them. Many also believed men were more lax with pandemic safety protocols.

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