Dating and relationships have definitely changed over the last year.
Lots of relationships have ended, as others have started to blossom virtually.
And – in addition to advertising their professions, hobbies and most attractive photos – some people on the dating scene are also sharing whether they’ve been vaccinated against Covid-19.
Or rather, they’re claiming as much.
There’s really no way to know for sure. Unless you, say, meet in the line to actually get vaccinated and see the jab go into their arm.
It never hurts to date with a healthy dose of skepticism.
Cora Boyd is a dating and relationship expert in Seattle.
“It used to be cars and holding large fish. Now, the (dating) flex is vaccination status,” she quips.
For those who aren’t on the dating scene and maybe haven’t been for a time, so-called dating flexes are just ways singles try to get the attention of potential suiters. Online dating platforms, like Bumble and Tinder, are loaded with photos of people abroad at picturesque destinations and, yes, people holding up large fish.
Boyd says the pandemic has made people be more communicative and intentional when dating now. You have to navigate a partner’s comfort level with in-person dating and even minimal physical contact right up front.
That means even the best fisherman might not be the catch he wants you to think he is, not if he can’t navigate these unusual waters with appropriate care.
But Boyd has some reassuring advice for anyone who feels like they’re floundering: “No one else knows how to date in a pandemic either,” she says. “Just remember that everyone else is figuring it out, too, and everyone is having a very personal experience with this.”
The best way to make it work for you, she adds, is to get clear with yourself about what you want.