Dating During COVID-19: Essential Tips

Going on a first date is always stressful, but during the pandemic, it is particularly nerve-wracking. Aside from the usual aspects of liking or not liking the other person, you need to decide whether a virtual or in-person date is relevant. Follow our tips to get started in these less-than-ideal circumstances.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, dating apps have been recording an impressive growth of clientele and their activity. Thanks to the Internet, one may connect to a gigantic pool of candidates, including Asian brides, at a click or a tap. But what should your first date look like?

Choose the Location

It is perfectly okay to keep it virtual for some time. Your decision should be based on cost-benefit analysis. What are the risks? What are the rewards? Only you are in charge of your safety.

Experts recommend starting with a virtual meeting. It will still let you see the other person in a relatively intimate environment. You can also relax and enjoy the date. Afterward, after your relationship has taken off and you know you are both COVID-free, you can switch to safe in-person dates.

Set Boundaries Early

Let your date know what makes and doesn’t make you comfortable. False expectations cause disappointment. You should not be pressured to do anything you do not want to. If the other person still insists on an in-person date, cancel it, because they do not respect your boundaries.

Tips for Virtual Dates

Even if your date is virtual, you need to plan ahead. This will make the meeting more comfortable. Here are a few suggestions.

1.    Prepare Your Space

Set the stage. Make sure the background is tidy. An unmade bed or a sink full of dirty dishes in view will create a terrible impression. Find some candles, or dim the lights for a more intimate ambiance. Generally, you should prepare as if you were going to meet in person.

2.    Take a Walk Before and After

This will recalibrate your mind. Before the date, it will build up excitement. Afterward, it will help you unwind and transition back to your living space.

3.    Put Away Distractions

Switch your phone to silent mode and put it away. It is easy to get distracted by something in your environment, so do everything you can to stay focused. If you have a pet, keep it in another room. Go to a place in your house or apartment where you will not be distracted by noises.

4.    Choose a Theme Beforehand

You could order a delivery from the same restaurant or get the same type of meal like pizza or Chinese food. Choose one recipe and follow it together. Virtual escape rooms are also great for communication.

If You Meet Offline

If you decide to meet in person, arrange a picnic to maintain social distance. You could go for a hike or walk 6 feet apart. Last winter, ice skating was another great opportunity.

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