Coronavirusis impacting our lives in unprecedented ways and, for millennials, one of the most unexpected is when it comes to online dating.
You might expect coronavirus to have killed it off altogether, thanks to ‘social distancing’, but many twenty and thirty-somethings are finding the opposite.
The reduction in our social lives means there’s suddenly a lot of free time to fill. And, on dating apps like Tinder, that means people are actually talking to each other again. Dating.com has reported a surge in engagement, and my social media feeds are full of my peers commenting on the sudden uplift in proper conversation.
Forget the usual wasteland of no replies, silence, or painful small talk. Suddenly, we have something to bind us. The ‘getting to know you’ questions can often lose their nuance over dating apps, but coronavirus has put them into safer territory.
Flirty conversation now revolves around ‘What skills would you bring to my bunker?’ and ‘Do you have extra loo roll?’ While the usual chat about what you both do for work has an additional layer to it – you can ask what impact the virus is having on their day, and whether they are working from home.
I’ve had more conversations with potential suitors in the past two weeks than in some time and, a few days ago, went on my first date in nine months.