Post-Pandemic Dating: Is It Just Me, or Is This Harder Now?

RelationshipsMichael Angelo

Post-Pandemic Dating: Is It Just Me, or Is This Harder Now?

Hey folks! Quick question: Is anyone else finding dating more like a puzzle game after the pandemic? Seriously, navigating the dating world now feels like playing a game I didn’t sign up for. Let’s break down the madness and maybe find some ways to actually enjoy this wild ride.

Where Did All These Apps Come From?

So, pre-pandemic, we had our usual suspects: Tinder, Bumble, maybe a bit of Hinge action. Now? It’s like my app drawer exploded. Every time I check, there’s a new one promising the moon and stars. But let's get real—it’s mostly just more profiles to scroll through while in your PJs, wondering if anyone else finds the "potato test" (where you ask someone to say 'potato' to prove they’re real) as hilarious yet surprisingly effective as I do.

Real Talk: Making a Connection

Alright, here's the scoop on keeping it real in the digital world:

  • Spruce Up That Profile: Guys, gals, and non-binary pals, your profile is your first impression. Make it count! No more bathroom selfies, please.
  • Cut to the Chase: Found someone interesting? Skip the endless texting. Try to set up a video chat to see if there’s a spark. Trust me, it saves time.
  • Safety First, Fun Second: Always verify who you’re talking to with a quick video call. It’s the best way to dodge those catfish nets.

Long-Distance: The New Close-Up?

Seems like every other connection I make is with someone living three time zones away. But hey, distance makes the heart grow fonder, right? Or just more reliant on good WiFi. If you're in a long-haul kind of setup, check out gadgets that help feel like you’re close, even if you’re miles apart. Yes, they exist, and no, they’re not all creepy; some are actually pretty cool!

The Great Outdoors: Not Just For Bears Anymore

Anyone else rediscovered the great outdoors thanks to dating? Turns out, nature isn’t just for wildlife enthusiasts. A walk in the park, a casual hike, or even a picnic can be the perfect backdrop for getting to know someone. Plus, it’s public and spacious, which checks all the safety boxes.

Virtual Dates: Because Why Not?

Here’s the thing: Virtual dates can actually be fun. Have you tried a virtual game night or cooking the same recipe together over Zoom? It’s kind of like a game show, but you’re the host and the contestant. And if it's a bust? Well, at least you didn’t have to find parking.

Taking It Slow: New Trend Alert

Post-pandemic, it feels like we’re all a bit more into the slow burn. More talking, less rushing. Honestly, it’s kind of nice? It feels like there’s more room to really get to know someone before deciding if you want to let them into your bubble—literally and figuratively.

So, What’s the Deal With Dating Now?

It’s tricky, it’s frustrating, but it’s also packed with new possibilities. Whether you’re swiping, video dating, or bravely meeting in person, the world of post-pandemic dating is yours to explore. So gear up, get out there, and maybe share your best (or worst) dating escapades. Got a crazy dating story? Drop it in the comments—I’m all ears, and let’s face it, we could all use a good laugh!