Virtual dating has become popular because of the pandemic, and almost half of the singles interviewed say they are pickier about who they choose to meet in person than before.
With online dating and connecting percentages are off the charts since last year, people who have done their best to social distance and stay at home has allowed more focus and deeper conversations, thus a chance get to know each other online before considering a physical introduction.
With this in mind, we’ve laid out a few recommendations to help you maneuver safety discussions for a smoother relationship development.
First dates: Online formats can be the safest and easiest way to have face-time with your new person of interest. Make sure you have checked your lighting and the battery on your phone or laptop to put you in the best light and discourage connection issues.
Conversation can gravitate around what your new interest does for a living, their social interactions, and how exposed roommates or family members are to potential exposure. Discuss your philosophy about the pandemic, along with daily routines to assure each other’s comfort about potential exposure to COVID-19 and meeting in public.
Meeting in person – If possible, isolate yourself for the recommended 10 days before face to face meetups. This is a great time to get to know each other better and determine your interest level. Flirting and assessing your interest’s compatibility can be fun and motivating at this time, along with the anticipation of that first ‘real’ date.
Where to meet: keeping yourself socially distanced from others while meeting in a public place can give you the chance for a new and unique experience together – walks, bike rides, and playing in the park can be much preferred to sitting in a coffee house or movie theatre.
Next steps: Who is the best cook? A great topic to discuss before an intimate dinner and a movie at each others home can make for a great setting once you are more comfortable with meeting in private.
Becoming intimate: By this time, you may have already asked the proper questions about other factors of health, including physical and emotional expectations. These things are just as important as ever, and once you have the green light, create a plan to continue to keep each other safe and comfortable during your growing romance.
Remember… the pandemic isn’t going to last forever so make sure your compatibilities go beyond virtual and have common interests in the real world.
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