The biggest challenge dating industry had to overcome is singles not being able to meet offline and can only use virtual communication.
A survey conducted on behalf of Lelo, sex toys company, showed that 42% of Americans in relationships downloaded at least one dating app since the lockdown started.
30% of respondents reached out to their exes. And 70% admitted that distancing increased their desire for physical intimacy.
There is also a huge increase in sex toy sales of over 185 percent compared to the same period last year and it’s only logical — with so much alone time, separated from our present and potential loved ones, many people decide to focus on the things they can control, such as their own bodies and their own pleasure.
Singles are able to use free virtual experiences to continue dating during the lockdown.
Users are getting tired of using the same app and like to change and try new ones. Or register with many different dating apps for more chances to get more match.
If you’re single and dating, you’re no doubt facing special challenges during this horrid pandemic. But as a biological anthropologist who has spent some 40 years studying romantic love around the world and the brain circuitry of this ancient and universal human passion, I’ve come to recognize that in some ways, coronavirus has given you a gift.
Dating is hard enough in the best of times. Throw in government directives like this, plus nationwide social distancing mandates, and a highly contagious virus for which there’s no cure or vaccine, and you would expect the search for love to be the last thing on everyone’s mind. But dating is thriving.
Online daters are just one group of many whose normal habits have been upended by the coronaviruscrisis. As the world learns to work from home, school from home, and... stop... friggin'... touching... its face, daters are grappling with not only how to look for love but also forge a relationship.
Watch a movie together
Services like Netflix Party -- a Chrome extension that lets you sync up your Netflix viewing and chat on the side -- have gotten a lot of attention since the days of social distancing began. Might as well make a date out of it. Though Netflix Party only supports text chat, for a more immediate experience you can also talk on the phone or on a platform like Discord while you watch. In case that sounds like low-hanging fruit, date-wise, OkCupid had more than 30,000 respondents indicate that watching a movie or TV show together is their ideal virtual date.
Play a game online
There are plenty of options for games to play together online, particularly if one or both of you play video games already. Great list of games great for quarantine, ranging from Animal Crossing (a good choice for a low-key hang out), to Tabletopia and Table Top Simulator (if you're into board games), to Jackbox Games, which you could screen-share from one device.
Dating apps have caused in the ecosystem of love, the truth of the matter is that the whole process has always been, and remains, a highly choreographed affair. No matter how you connect, everyone is riding the same merry-go-round: Meet up in person, small talk, maybe hook up. If you like the person, you get off the ride; otherwise, you stay on and inevitably circle back around to start the process all over again.