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9 Ways To Go On A Virtual Date During The COVID-19 Pandemic

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With the rise of the COVID pandemic, more and more single Aussies are turning to virtual dating to help provide relief from social isolation. Just because we are confined to our home does not mean we need to stop the quest for love. We just need to try something new and walk into a different dating territory.

Relationship expert Sharon Draper says

““While virtual dating may not be something we are necessarily used to, the way we are having to live isn’t the norm, so with these changes we need to adapt to new ways of behaving.”

New research from relationship experts eharmony, shows that a quarter of single Australians are likely to move to virtual dating as we progress in our current COVID-19 quarantine style of living. With two-thirds of singles have said that virtual dating can ease feelings of loneliness, and half feel that it provides a relief from social isolation.

Despite being confined to our homes, many of us are trying to maintain a sense of normal life during this pandemic, Sharon adds:

“Virtual dating is a real solution for singles searching for love during the current pandemic. It not only allows people to meet and interact, it can help with the reduction of mental health issues which many might experience in isolation – the opportunity to talk and spend time with others is hugely beneficial.

But what can you do on a virtual date?

It might seem daunting but here are some easy activities to kick start your virtual dating experience.

  1. Video call (47%)
  2. Having a dinner or drink over video call (27%)
  3. Watch a film together ( whilst video calling) (20%)
  4. Playing video games/online gaming together (15%)
  5. Ordering food on a delivery app for each other (14%)
  6. Doing a virtual quiz (11%)
  7. Visiting a virtual gallery (9%)
  8. Joining a virtual book club (6%)
  9. Partaking in a virtual exercise class (6%)

So why online date? The question should be why not? Its so easy in the confines of your home and can provide relief from isolation. It can also gives you the opportunity to do something you enjoy while social distancing and unlike in real life dates, people can cut dates short without making the situation awkward. So go on and get swiping!

Written by Sadie Archibald

Sadie Archibald is a lifestyle writer for The Carousel.

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