What does the future hold for online dating?

Wednesday May 27, 2020

The last few months have been pretty difficult on all accounts, but if you are single and trying to date, everything seems like it’s been put on never-ending hold.

My friend had started to date again just before the lockdown in March and had to explore other ways of keeping in touch with her boyfriend over the last few months. She said that she liked having the extra time to get to know her boyfriend well, spend hours talking on skype without having to dash off anywhere and sent each other text messages, photos and surprise deliveries of their favourite foods. They tried to make the best they could in an extraordinary situation and they enjoyed coming out with a ways to keep their love blossoming.

But now, that many countries are coming out of lockdown and things are slowly getting back to normal, what does the future holds for finding your true love online?

Join a dating website

For the next few months, it’s still going to be difficult to meet people naturally, since you can’t really approach strangers on streets, visit theatres or chat up somebody in a night club. Joining free dating sites is going to be a much easier and safer way to find your date. You can take time to meet different people and find your true love.

Take the extra time to get to know each other

Now, that there is no pressure to meet in person straight away, it’s a good idea to take your time to chat online first.

We love dates, but you don’t need to feel pressured in arranging face to face dates in person, just yet. Instead of meeting in person, you can arrange to do similar things to do virtually. This can include seeing a theatre performance or a film,  doing online baking class together or join an online group for a joined hobby you both have.

Video call before you meet in person

The next step is to arrange a video call to get to know each other a bit better. To do this outside of the safety of the dating website, might be still too risky as you don’t want to give people your personal skype or facetime id, so I think online dating agencies will be looking at how to incorporate this feature into their platforms.

I think video calling somebody before you meet them will be a great way to determine whether you want to continue with the relationship as you’ll be able to see straight away whether you ‘click’ or not!

Meet in a person

All the technology, can’t replace meeting your new love in person. The chances are that you will still need to do this in the safe distance of 2 metres to follow social distancing rules. This is not just to protect you, but also your new love. Choose a park or an open country space for your first ‘in-person’ meeting, arrange to go for a walk or bring a picnic to enjoy a meal together.