Dating During a Pandemic: Zooming into Love

February 17, 2021

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Dating During a Pandemic: Zooming into Love

NWA Daily

Valentine's Day has come and gone, and for most singles, dating during a pandemic has been nothing short of a challenge. The Arkansas Traveler interviewed four Arkansas singles about changes to their dating lives and how they've adapted to COVID-19 restrictions to find that special someone.

  • Dating apps such as Tinder, Bumble and Hinge are one of the main ways 20-year-old Vince Guthrie, a Fayetteville resident, is looking to find friends and form relationships with potential partners.
  • An August 2020 survey by Singles in America found that many singles in the US have drawn new rules for themselves and their dates when meeting up in person. Over 20 percent insist that both partners must be wearing a mask at all times and adhering to social distancing guidelines.
  • Carter Brooks, a junior at the U of A, said he requires any date to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. “Once that happens, I pick a place outside to hang out for the first time. After that, we can progressively start doing stuff inside and in close proximity," he said. -Arkansas Traveler
  • 38.8 percent of all respondents in the Singles in America survey said they were not ready to have in-person dates yet, thinking it was too soon.

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