The Covid-19 pandemic has made dating, something that was already difficult before, feel impossible. With places like bars closed and social engagements like weddings postponed until further notice, it’s never been more difficult to physically meet new people. But don’t let the grim vibe scare you—it is still possible to find love. While there aren’t as many opportunities to meet people in person, there are possibly even more chances to meet new people, and new love interests, in other ways. Here are some suggestions.
- Get on dating apps. Love them or hate them, dating apps are here to stay. While in the past there has been a negative stereotype associated with this kind of dating route, it’s now the most common way of meeting new people in the post-pandemic world. Dating apps are no longer only for people interested in a quick fix. They are now filled with people looking for real love—although there are also those looking for one-night stands. The beauty of apps like Bumble and Hinge is that you can be upfront and honest about your expectations, and hope that your matches are honest too.
- Be active on social media. Social media might have a lot of negative consequences on modern life, but like dating apps, it’s now a permanent part of our world. People use platforms like Instagram and Facebook to promote their businesses and keep up with friends, so there’s no reason why you can’t also meet potential love interests that way. You might not be able to connect with people in bars and clubs the way you used to, but there’s no physical distancing required when sending a friend request.
- Explore non-romantic communication apps. Dating apps can be awkward because there’s no subtlety about them. You and your matches both know that there’s romantic interest there, so the stakes feel higher. If that sounds stressful, you could always try connecting with people via non-romantic communication apps. One of the best apps that comes to mind is Tandem, the Language Exchange App that connects you with people who are learning English as a second language. It’s perfect for those who are learning another language because you can also get practice speaking that language while meeting someone new. While there’s nothing romantic about apps like this, it is a way to meet new people and expand your network. And who knows what could blossom during those late-night conversations?
- Joining clubs that operate online. Joining a club is a great way to meet new potential love interests. Thanks to social distancing requirements, it might not be possible to attend meetings or sessions in person at the minute. But you could still meet some new contacts by joining clubs that operate online. If you enjoy activities like writing, reading, or even public speaking, you can absolutely join groups that practice these skills in an online setting. It’s a brilliant way to let your passion lead you to like-minded people who are naturally compatible with you.
- Connect with people you already know. Never underestimate the power of friends to set you up with a total catch! One of the best ways to get to know people, pandemic or no pandemic, is through other people. So, connect with the people you already know and leverage their contacts. Even if you can’t meet up in person and the only time you’re seeing your friends is during trivia nights over Zoom, ask them to invite some of their friends along. You could even ask them if there’s anyone they could set you up with! There’s no shame in telling the universe that you’re ready for love.
- Become more involved in the work social scene. It’s sometimes hard to imagine your work colleagues in a social setting. But all the people you work with are really just people with their own lives and network of friends and family. If you make an effort to become more active in your workplace social scene, you might eventually expand your social circle until you meet someone who tickles your fancy. Maybe your work has a sports team you could join or holds social activities online. Put your hand up for as much as you can and see what interesting people you come across in the process.
- Study something new. The pandemic has changed the face of education and moved many non-essential classrooms to the online space. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still meet new people, and potentially new lovers, through studying a new skill. Pick something to study in your spare time, whether that’s learning an instrument or cooking or something entirely different. Then see what study options are available. Maybe there are group classes running online. Or maybe you can connect to online forums and chat with people learning the same skill. The beauty of using education to expand your romantic horizons is that you have a good chance of meeting someone with similar interests as you.
- Be active outdoors. Many gatherings and social activities have been postponed during the pandemic, but there are still some outdoor activities that have withstood the new regulations. It’s much easier to socially distance outdoors than in small and cramped rooms, so, depending on where you are, it may still be possible to join an exercise group and meet people that way. Along with giving us some pretty terrible advice, Sex and the City taught us that the gym can be a great way to find dates, but a lot of gyms have closed due to the pandemic. Instead, look for outdoor classes such as yoga in the park, team sport, or walking groups.