“I thought it sounded like a lot of fun. Saturday night in quarantine — what else am I going to do?” said Zovi, who lives in New York City. Prior to the event, Zovi said he had been on a few Zoom dates via JeanDate but the prolonged stay-at-home orders have made it hard to progress. “What I found a little challenging is, after a few Zoom conversations, you don’t know what to do next,” he said.
Jen Aprahamian, a product manager at Twitch who helped moderate comments for Zoom Bachelorette, said she was also set up by Yang. Prior to one date, she and her match bought the same ingredients to cook a meal together over Zoom.
“An activity makes it easier to connect, it lowers the pressure when we’re trying to connect with somebody new and so people are using these activities and hacking together really interesting experiences,” Tinder CEO Elie Seidman told CNN Business.
While video chatting has become more commonplace during the pandemic, it’s unclear how the trend will be impacted once physical meetups become more viable.
“It’s hard to think about Zoom dating absent of thinking about the implied lack of human contact associated,” Andrew Morris, a founder and CEO of a cybersecurity startup and one of the contestants on “Zoom Bachelorette,” told CNN Business.
“Maybe I’m projecting, but I think everyone is pretty lonely right now. I am certainly a lot lonelier right now than I would usually be,” said Morris, adding that while he typically wouldn’t find a Zoom date so appealing, “now, I’ll take what I can get.”
While he didn’t win Ameri’s love, he said he has since had several women reach out to him through emails, Twitter DMs, and texts after seeing him participate in the event. “I certainly have never had women coming out of the woodwork trying to have a date with me,” he said.
He’s since gone on two Zoom dates, including one with a woman he was connected to after the event.