Coronavirus concerns are canceling weddings, concerts and dining out, but people are still finding ways to date.
Dating.com’s latest survey found that 82% of singles in are turning to online dating during the coronavirus outbreak.
Although 5% of those surveyed said they were going to stop dating all together until after the pandemic, 30% said they wanted to continue talking with people on dating sites until they can meet up in person.
This increased talking is seen on a number of dating sites or apps.
Match Group, which owns Tinder, Hinge and Match.com, and Bumble have also seen an increase in the number of messages exchanged and a growing interest in tools to hold video calls without exchanging contact information, according to MarketWatch.
Bumble’s in-app calls and video chats are new, but it saw a 21% increase in Bumble Video Call usage at the end of March, CNBC reported.
And for some, this kind of dating isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s just different.
In Dating.com’s survey, it found that about half of daters are interested in online dates before meeting in person.
“The dates have been better than the ones in real life because we’re having to communicate more,” Jeni, a 27-year-old woman in Michigan told CNBC.
The company suggests watching a movie together, which can easily be done through Netflix’s party feature, playing a game like Charades or Never Have I Ever or make dinner together — all from the comfort of your own home.
Of course, if you don’t want to show off your messy kitchen or bedroom, Zoom also created a few romantic backgrounds for people to use while on dates, People reported.
And it might be the perfect time to start dating, one expert explains.
“There’s a flirtation element that’s fun and lighthearted that I think we’re not getting in the conversations that we’re having with our friends and family,” Match’s Chief Dating Coach Rachel DeAlto told People.