What else do you have on your schedule?

By Summer Cartwright
Updated Mar 27, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
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Of the many things the internet is obsessing over during this period of social distancing — bread making and TikTok binging, to name a few — online dating whilst quarantined has taken over as the new topic of conversation online. And, as always, the people of Twitter did not hold back on their takes. But it seems as though the social media world has come to somewhat of a consensus: Being isolated at home makes for a pretty good set-up for online (emphasis on online) dating.

Perhaps it’s because the pressure of finding time to meet up with potential suitors in a timely manner no longer exists, or perhaps it’s because longer and maybe more meaningful conversations can now take place. After all, we’ve all got a lot more time on our hands while home. Not to mention, the Coronavirus pick-up lines seem to be coming quite easily to those on apps and dating sites.

And as one user pointed out, without the potential of meeting up in person, men “have to like,,,, actually talk to you.” For those interested in getting deep into the political views of those in the online dating world, another Twitter user said getting their take on this crisis’ handling could pave the way for that (though we don’t necessarily recommend this route…).

Sites like eHarmony tout statistics that will surely intrigue those wanting to dip their feet in the online dating world — the company says more than 2 million people have found love using the service, and more than 2.3 million messages are sent to love interests daily. What’s more, 74 percent of Match.com users say they have a college degree and the site’s fastest-growing demographic is 50-plus.

Dating has certainly changed during this outbreak, and people are continuing to find new and creative ways to make the most of dating. The New York Times reported that two funny roommates created their own version of Love is Blind to introduce singles to one another, and TikTok users are flying drones across their neighborhoods to introduce themselves to singles in the area. For the time being, we recommend keeping things simple on apps like Tinder, Bumble, and Hinge, and dating sites like eharmony and Match. They say there’s no time like the present, and giving it a go right now could give you a pretty interesting “how they met” story — along with, you know, someone to love. Just, please, keep your social distance until it’s safe to meet in person.