Dating 101 in 2021: How singles are navigating dating during a pandemic – CIProud.com

Dating 101 in 2021: How singles are navigating dating during a pandemic – CIProud.com

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — When the pandemic hit, almost every aspect of most people’s lives was turned upside down. For many, this includes the world of dating.

Today’s younger generation is no stranger to the popularity of dating apps.

“I am primarily on Bumble and Tinder,” Claire Challacombe, recent college graduate, said.

“I was on the apps that everyone is on well before the pandemic,” Dane Brandon, also a recent college graduate said.

The dating app Bumble had roughly 100 million users in 2020, a 25 million person increase from 2019.

While the local economy may be opening up slowly, it is still a challenge for some singles to date during a pandemic.

“I’ve noticed a lot of loneliness,” Melissa Millinger, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), said. “The isolation is something that everyone is experiencing right now.”

Millinger said there are positive components to dating apps.

“So I think people are really able to focus in on what they want,” Millinger said. “The characteristics, the qualities, the values, things like that of a person that they’re dating. And it’s a little safer. You don’t have to worry about meeting someone in public for the first time.”

Bumble’s Head of Editorial Content, Claire O’Conner, said she noticed a new trend she calls “slow dating,” where “matches” take longer to get to know one another before moving off the app.

“As we head into 2021, we’ve identified this cohort that we’re calling ‘new dawn daters,’” O’Conner
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