Have you found yourself trying to navigate the Covid pandemic dating world? Don’t lose hope, there are a few things you should remember, according to Bienelle Aronales.
Dating is hard enough on its own, but dating during a pandemic? That takes things up a notch. However, despite this added level of difficulty, having a relatively normal dating life during these troubling times is not impossible to achieve.
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With the pandemic still in full force and several places still on lockdown, it’s hard to meet people in person. So, to stay safe and still manage to score a date, you need to master the art of using dating apps. If you’ve always been a traditionalist and have until now kept your distance from digital dating we’re sorry but it’s one of the non-negotiables of today’s “new normal.”
Luckily for you, we’re here to give you valuable advice that could help you bring your A-game to the dating scene during Covid. Whether it’s online or IRL, we’ve got you covered with some tried and tested dating tips to succeed in romance during armageddon.
Know How to Use Dating Apps
Since the world was thrown into a health crisis, life, as we know it, has moved indoors. Everything from work to leisure is – to varying degrees depending on where you are – confined into the four corners of our homes. Now, if you’re a bachelor living by yourself in a flat, isolation can get real old, real fast. You can’t go outside because there’s no one to meet, plus local ordinances in some locales forbid people from heading out for anything but coalface duty. This is where dating apps become useful.
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Apps like Coffee Meets Bagel, Feeld (a “threesome” dating app), Her, Happn, and of course, Tinder, are some of the most popular dating apps at the moment. All you have to do is go on any of these apps, make a profile, and swipe right on your potential date (we can feel those thumb callouses already).
Now, because the playing field is online, you have to be willing to be more present…digitally. Hold up your side of the conversation, and keep things interesting. If you feel like your match is worth it, put in the effort to communicate and keep things constant. Otherwise, you’ll lose potential dates faster than you’ll match with them because the ladies have thumbs too!
Have the COVID Talk
Having the COVID talk is important, especially if you’re meeting your date for the first time. It’s crucial to find out if your partner has contracted COVID or has been in contact with someone who tested positive within two weeks of your scheduled date. Likewise, you should also disclose if you’ve been in close proximity with anyone who has tested positive. It’s better to stay safe by getting the COVID talk out of the way for your health and safety, just like you would with other potential infectious diseases.
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Continue Social Distancing
While the pandemic is still underway, don’t forget to continue practicing social distancing. Although some countries may have already lifted all lockdown restrictions, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to practice social distancing anymore. Be mindful of your date and of the people around you by being careful when you go out.
Master Social Media Apps and Video Platforms
If you’ve found someone and want to build a stronger bond with them, consider doing things together. Do movie dates on Netflix, play couple’s games, and go on video calls whenever you’re both available. There are many apps and websites you can take advantage of to further your relationship while you wait for the pandemic to end. You still have your charm; show that to her in the little things you do together, and use video-chatting apps like Zoom, Messenger, Rabb.it, and Discord in place of physical dates.
Be Honest About What You Want
You may notice a change in how singles are going about their relationships. To avoid disappointment and wasted time, think about what you want in advance. Are you just looking for some fun? Or are you looking for something serious and long-term? With the pandemic still looming over our heads, women, in general, have become more careful about who they spend their time with and invest that time on.
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According to The Straits Times, more and more women have become firm on their dating standards and are okay with delaying their journey of looking for love if there aren’t any suitable matches online. Because of this, you need to be upfront about what you’re looking for. A woman looking for a serious relationship won’t be worth pursuing if you’re only looking for something short and fun and as charming as you might be, they’re not all looking to be convinced otherwise!
Tell them your intentions and gauge if you see each other eye to eye. If not, then there’s plenty of fish in the sea. Continue swiping right until you get your perfect match.
Treat Dates Special
If there’s one thing that this pandemic has brought to life, it’s how short our lives really are. It can be taken in the blink of an eye, so you have to live your life as if it’s your last day, every day. Treat all dates with your significant other as special and appreciate what you have together. Shifting your perspective this way makes every date with your person extra special.
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On the surface, the dating scene might seem different now, but it’s really not. It’s still about two people putting in the work of getting to know each other better. Love in the time of the coronavirus is possible. You just have to learn how to adapt, manage your expectations, and be your charismatic self —online and offline.
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