Special Report: Single in 2021 – Boca Raton
Between online dating apps and pandemic issues, being single in South Florida is no picnic
Once upon a time, we went steady, carried little black books, got busy necking in the backseats of cars, nervously dialed the number of our crush’s home phone—hoping their roommate wouldn’t pick up.
Today, we text, swipe right (or, yikes, swipe left), FaceTime, and when things are going good, tell friends we’re “talking” or “hanging out.”
For more than 25 years, the modern landscape of dating has been shaped by the intervention of online dating. Match.com hit the internet in 1995, followed swiftly by JDate, eHarmony, Christian Mingle and even more niche dating sites. Once taboo or potentially even embarrassing, now online dating has become the norm.
“It’s interesting because earlier on, some of the clients that I met, they would lie to their parents and to their family members about how they met,” says Sten Garcia, who used to shoot wedding videos. “And over the years, I’ve had couples that are open about it,