Dating in the Time of Quarantine
By Bela Gandhi, Founder & President Smart Dating Academy
The scare of Coronavirus has taken over the planet, and yet dating apps are having peak activity right now. With 48% of Americans single, and quarantined, people have the time and desire to make new connections.
Are people actually dating right now?
Yes! They are FaceTime, Skype, and Zoom dating. Dating on video is easy and most of the apps have quickly added video chats. It’s cheaper, faster, and less intimidating than meeting a stranger. A video date ensures that you don’t have to worry about who pays, and the date only needs to be 30 minutes long!
How do you do a video date?
Find a good-looking spot in your house that’s well lit. Always be lit from the front, or face your light source. Use living room windows, or even put a desk lamp above your monitor.
Dress to impress! Act as if you were going on a real date. You can have your sweatpants on the bottom, or fuzzy slippers, but it should be all date from the waist up. Do your hair, and look like you would if you were actually going to meet in person. You’ll look good and feel so much better.
Don’t talk about the gloom and doom of Coronavirus. Have positive questions – have you learned something new about yourself? Have you picked up a new skill? What are you watching? Listening to? Stay positive, and be energetic. Energy and positivity radiates across a screen!
What happens after quarantine?
Hopefully you’ve got a whole pipeline of people that you’ll have been FaceTiming with so that you have a bench of people waiting to go out with you.
Want more from Bela? Every Thursday night at 7pm CDT, Bela hosts a dating/relationship chat on Instagram live – it’s free and an awesome way to get new tips, get inspired, and chat with other singles. Follow @smartdatingacademy to join!