By Suzy Weiss. March 11, pm Updated March 24, pm. That means setting up dates in less-crowded places to gel with recommendations from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention , swapping face-to-face liaisons for sexy texts and cuffing a crush for a potentially lengthy quarantine. She and Konig, 23, have been together for a year and a half, and long-distance for eight months.
To his surprise, she accepted. Arriving in a taxi, wearing gloves and refusing to take the elevator, she hooked up with Marcos in his apartment before insisting he call her a cab before dawn to go home. As governments invoke emergency powers to combat the coronavirus pandemic, and social distancing measures preclude meeting people in bars, cafes or restaurants, love - or at least lust - is still finding a way via dating apps. While some users like Marcos are meeting in person, many are romancing online because of the public health risks, often using in-app video chats. There has been no meaningful change in the number of people downloading dating apps in the United States or globally, according to analytics firm Sensor Tower. There are early signs that dating apps are, however, struggling to attract new users in countries that have moved into national lockdowns, which could become increasingly common around the world.
The silver lining? Removing the physical component and going deeper emotionally could be the key to finding a lasting relationship. For some, it means lots of QT trapped inside with your significant other, while others struggle to balance family life and homeschooling children while still carrying out their jobs from home. People who fall into either of those camps might be lamenting close quarters and endless distractions right now—but for singles, the self-quarantine situation is creating a different set of challenges.
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. The rules of online dating are also rapidly changing to adapt to this new climate. Zoom and FaceTime dates have fast become both the state-sanctioned — and the cool thing to do.