I know what you are thinking because it is the same thing I was also thinking, "Great, quarantine. As if my love life wasn't already suffering. Now I can't even go out and meet someone," which, by the way, I understand and am taking social distancing very seriously.
But I would be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed about the fact that I could not go out and potentially meet the love of my life.
As someone who wants that so desperately, I was heartbroken. Thankfully, we have the whole internet to get this dating while under quarantine thing figured out, and turns out experts actually agree that this time of quarantine is a really good time to meet potential suitors and connect.
We live in a culture that is so focused on sex and connecting physically that we often neglect the emotional and mental connections — AKA the pieces that will ultimately make for a good relationship. Dr. Mack, who is a relationship coach and psychologist, said that being quarantined is actually forcing us to create a new dating culture, one where people are focusing on really getting to know another person and establish these mental and emotional connections before establishing a physical one.
Dating is now happening in a different way. People who are practicing social distancing are not hooking up. They are utilizing apps like Google Hangout and Zoom as a way to video chat and build connections with others before they can explore a physical connection.
Dating apps have even reported an increase in usage. Dating apps are also promoting their video chat and voice call features more than they used to as a way to promote social distancing.
All of that to say, we have all been looking at this quarantine and dating the completely wrong way. It might actually just be the best thing for all of our dating lives.
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