As social distancing, working from home, and other COVID-19 related restrictions continue on, you may wonder if you will ever get to hang out in-person with your friends ever again. And dating? You might as well just forget it.
Or maybe not. Yes, these are challenging times when it comes to socializing, let alone meeting and getting to know anyone new. But it can be done. You just have to be willing to–at least temporarily–adjust your notions of what “normal” dating means.
If you’re ready to try dating again, we recommend:
-Using video chat, a lot
-Getting tested for COVID-19
-Embracing real world weirdness
Use Online Dating
Before all of this started, you may have already used online dating apps and sites to meet people. So, jump back in there. See if there are interesting people attractive to you who have joined your dating app recently. Find out if they share your values, relationship goals, and anything else that’s important to you.
Embrace Video Chatting
At one time, you may have also used video chatting to vet a potential date and get to know them a little better. Well, now you can use it to try to get to know them a LOT better.
Share cocktails or meals virtually. Give each other virtual tours of your places, or take online tours of museums together. Let your online date meet your dog. Short of being able to touch one another, video chatting offers you all of the other communication and getting-to-know-you benefits of dating.
Get Tested, if You Can
At some point, of course, chatting online will no longer be enough if you really like each other. If you are eager to meet up in person, testing can be a wise precaution to take first…if it’s available to you, of course. Results may not always be 100% accurate, but they are still a better indicator of someone’s health than doing nothing at all. With negative results in hand, then you both may feel at least a little safer meeting up.
If getting tested isn’t an option, that doesn’t necessarily mean you cannot meet in-person. It just may dictate how close you actually get on your outing. As long as neither of you have symptoms, it’s considered generally safe to meet up and, if you wish, to be intimate.
Make the Most of Rarefied Air
If and when you do go on an in-person date out in public, odds are you will need to wear masks at least part of the time and obey certain social distancing requirements. Heck, at the restaurant you go to, there could even be a partition between you at your table…which is outside…in what is actually the parking lot.
It’s definitely not the easiest way to achieve greater intimacy with someone. And let’s face it, it’s kind of bizarre. But you can make the most of these unusual circumstances by laughing at them together. Revel in your shared odd experience, and use it to bond.
The pandemic has been a lonely time for many, especially singles. However, by embracing technology and making the most of our odd new world, you can keep yourself safe while still meeting new people and starting new romances.
For more information and advice about relationships, in good times and bad, read all of the relationship articles available on the PeopleFinders blog. And for more information on how to learn more about a potential date, be sure to check out PeopleFinders.com.
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