- The coronavirus pandemic has led to a spike in messages sent over dating apps, and new matches have to take their first dates digital.
- But virtual dating can have real advantages, especially if you do it right.
- Business Insider talked to dating expert Maria Sullivan about how to virtually date right, and what types of connections it could lead to.
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The coronavirus pandemic may have put pretty much everything on pause, but matters of the heart still rage on — even if through a screen.
Services like Tinder and Bumble have seen increased use, Mother Jones reports. After the week of March 12, Bumble saw a 21% increase in messages — and for Tinder, messages increased by 10%-15% over a week in mid-March. And Tinder has made its “Passport Feature” free to all users, meaning singles can match with anyone around the world.
But if you’ve really hit it off with a match, it can be frustrating to not take the conversation offline. Isn’t the whole point of a dating app to eventually delete it?
That’s where virtual dating comes in. There are plenty of activities that you and your quarantine cutie can do remotely, but what makes a virtual date actually effective? And what happens when quarantine is lifted and you actually encounter each other face to face?
To answer these questions, Business Insider emailed Maria Sullivan, dating expert and VP of Dating.com. Here’s what she had to say.