The landscape of dating and finding love has been altered by the coronavirus pandemic and the need to maintain physical distance from others. Online dating has moved beyond getting to know a potential partner via messages and first date meet ups to FaceTime and Zoom dates instead of cocktails or dinner.

Even as shops, bars and restaurants begin to reopen, singles are having to re-think the way they date without being able to meet in person. Although singles have had their dating lives uprooted, many are embracing the new normal and finding upsides to emotionally connecting with a prospective date before meeting them in person.

Since we’re not able to meet in person, it’s possible to slow things down, reinvent dating and get to know each other on a deeper level. Because we have this dedicated time to find love, there are no distractions, people are more present, and they are more conscious about the benefits of extending the ‘getting to know you’ process.

Many singles have taken this time to self-reflect on what they want in life, which has helped pave the way to finding healthier relationships much better than you would if you were getting together in person straight away.

Here are just a couple of ways you can still get to know and keep in touch with people, even when you have to stay at a distance, whether that’s with a partner that you’ve been with awhile, or you’ve just starting to talk to someone new.

Use online dating

Dating websites have become much more popular during the pandemic and a safe way to meet someone right now. If you don’t have a date at all, this is the good time to start online dating as there are plenty of people trying dating websites right now.

Video dating

Before the pandemic, only 6% of singles in a recent survey were using video chatting to date. Now, 69% are open to video chatting with a potential partner. Use FaceTime or Zoom to stay connected during these times. You can still watch a movie together or have a romantic dinner, even if you’re not physically next to each other.

Write letters

This old-school way of letters can be kept and reread and are a welcome romantic addition to video calls. It’s also a reprieve from technology that has becoming increasingly more present in our lives in recent months for work, shopping, entertainment and talking to friends and family.

Make an old-fashioned phone call

Relationships don’t have to exist only in a digital way. Phone calls means you don’t have to worry about finding the most flattering camera angle or the burden of a screen.

No one knows what the future holds, but it’s clear that the dating experience has changed and maybe for the better.

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