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Love, Relationships & COVID-19: Five Reasons Why Now Is The Best Time Ever To Be Online Dating

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic online dating has changed — there are fewer sex pests, better vetting and no one pays for drinks. By Ben Arogundade. April 1, 2020.

CONNECTING UNDER COVID: For online daters, meeting up in person has all but ceased during the coronavirus pandemic, creating new modes of behaviour amongst users. Could this lead to better matches?

LIKE ALL OTHER ASPECTS OF DAILY LIFE, the way people connect and find love has been altered by the shockwaves of the coronavirus pandemic. The world of online dating has now shifted wholly into the digital realm, now that we are all living in various forms of isolation, with our precious mobiles for solace. However, contrary to the difficulties experienced within many other cultural pursuits, this may be the best time ever to be looking for a relationship online. Here are five reasons why:


1. SEX PESTS HAVE WITHDRAWN
COVID-19 means that many of those seeking sex on apps like Tinder have temporarily cooled their activity, because they can’t hook up, and so there is little reason for them to be active right now. Also, dating app users who are currently in relationships, and are lying about their circumstances, will inevitably be stuck at home under the watchful eye of their partners, which means fewer opportunities for their adulterous moves. 


2. MORE TIME

Before COVID-19, swipe-based dating apps encouraged users to be fast, disposable and fickle in how they assessed potential candidates online. But now single people have more time to devote to the search for a partner. We are stuck at home, many of us can’t work, and so this sudden slowing down of the pace of our lives provides the perfect opportunity to adopt a more careful, studied approach to candidates.


3. IMPROVED VETTING
Self-isolation means online daters are now doing more video and telephone calls. This affords them a greater opportunity to thoroughly vet potential candidates in a way they wouldn’t otherwise. Getting to know someone via Skype or FaceTime long before you meet, may improve the quality of matches when the epidemic is over.


4. DIGITAL DATING IS SAFER
Vetting potential candidates by video call is safer than meeting in real life, and gives you a thorough opportunity to discover who a person is first, via a series of conversations and questions. If done right, this can help you eliminate many unsuitable candidates.


5. ONLINE DATES ARE CHEAP

Thanks to the coronavirus, the tricky first date conversation about who pays doesn’t happen, as virtual dates costs nothing. No one pays for drinks or dinner, or a cab home.


With these ideas in mind, now is a good time to revise your online dating profile, or perhaps even to sign up for the first time. 


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Author Ben Arogundade recounts his journey as an online dater, during which time he was stood up, verbally abused, propositioned for sex and asked to be a father to an unborn child. Along the way he offers singles the secrets and best practices they need to know to boost the quality of their matches, and presents the latest strategies, research-based guidelines and innovations to take their online profiles to new levels of excellence. Get it now at Amazon, £9.99/$12.99.

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