(KTEN) — As social distancing and pandemic worries continue, finding love is harder swiping right on a smartphone these days.
“The whole point of using the apps are to speed up the process of straight-up communications back-and-forth without any distractions, and then make that human connection in person,” said Victor Glenn.
Fear of COVID-19 is making meeting “the one” (or, really, anyone) a bit more difficult.
“People have been hesitant to meet up as well. We’re trying our best to maintain social distancing,” said Jamol Simon.
Catherine Saig started using dating apps because of the pandemic.
“Some way to get out there a little bit more, so I thought might as well choose this, and I’ve heard great things,” she said.
But Saig said reliance on an app h as to screen time burnout.
“‘Sick of looking at it’ sort of thing, because I felt like I’ve gone through the algorithm so many times I was seeing the same faces,” she said.
Despite Saig’s experience, the dating app Bumble said its video chat features have increased.
“COVID and dating apps kind of go hand-in-hand,” said Glenn, who met his significant other on a dating app. He said video chat pushed back the meet-up stage, but it helped.
“The rise of the virtual coffee date — so like FaceTime — so we would do that, have a cup of coffee, talk and hang out,” he said
But Jamol Simon said the shift from personal to digital takes some adjustment.
“It is really strange,” he said. “It’s definitely something you have to get used to.”