Online dating, catfishing, bigger than ever amidst pandemic – WLNS

Online dating, catfishing, bigger than ever amidst pandemic – WLNS

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – We might be socially isolated, but that does not mean that people have stopped looking for love.

Jen and Michael Rumble met on dating app Match in the beginning of the pandemic. The couple spent their first date in her backyard.

They spent nearly every subsequent day together, said the couple, going on hiking dates, boating dates, or any other kinds of outdoors and socially distanced dates.

Match itself saw a 30% increase in messaging last month when compared to last year.

“People who may not have been interested in online dating because they could have gone out far more often are now utilizing [online dating] as a tool,” said Match dating expert Rachel Dealto.

Online dating began to really pick up after the holidays, when many singles refocused their goals on finding love.

Dating app OkCupid said there’s been on a suge on their app as well, and that any remaining stigma around online dating has vanished.

“You get more questions now if you’re single and you’re not on an app,” said Dealto.

Both Jen and Michael have been married before, and they said they felt guilty to find happiness amidst the pandemic and hardship.

“We didn’t want to tell anyone,” said Michael.

The couple met in March, got engaged in August, and married in October,

Economics magazine Fortune reported that in March of 2020, dating app Tinder saw their highest number of swipes in March of 2020: 3 billion in one day. Bumble saw a 70% increase in video calls,
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