15 years ago, social distancing might have stopped our love lives in their tracks. Now, thanks to digital dating and the endless opportunities it provides, romance could be just a few taps away.
But what are you really swiping for? Are you after a harmless, emoji-laden flirt? Or maybe you’re going for gold, hoping to find the one?
Whatever your dating goals are right now, we’re on hand to help you meet them, in partnership with Bumble. Just don’t forget to invite us to the socially-distanced wedding, okay?
1. Your goal is… to have a flirt
You’ve spent years perfecting your flirting technique, so you don’t want to get rusty if there’s no eligible daters within walking distance. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can get your chat on via dating apps.
If your opening gambit tends to be along the lines of, “Hey, how’s it going?”, use this time to try something new. Compliment your match on a photo or ask them about their profile prompts. If you’re feeling brave, try opening with a joke. Yes, you might spout some duds along the way, but those cheesy one-liners could just be successful.
2. Your goal is… to arrange a first date
For extroverts, social distancing has meant a usually packed social calendar is looking bare. But just because you can’t hit the pub with prospective romances right now doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy meeting new people virtually.
Swap your sweatshirt for a nice top (or not, you do you) and meet matches via a video date instead. With Bumble, you can call right from the app and ask all the same questions as you would at a bar, without any awkwardness over who’s getting the next round.
If you’re worried you’ll run out of conversation, try asking for cultural recommendations – we’ve all been spending more time in front of the TV, listening to music or reading books, so your matches are sure to have plenty of suggestions.
3. Your goal is… to make a deeper connection
Video calling can create the intimacy that allows you to take casual chatting to the next level. So once you know you have the necessary chemistry, it’s time to start building the deeper connection you’re looking for.
Virtually cook meals or bake cakes side by side, watch your favourite movies together or even – when things feel serious enough – introduce them to your housemates. Sharing these moments together over video can lay the foundations for a really strong relationship in the months to come.
The app’s voice note feature can also help you solidify that connection: there’s undoubtedly something intimate about hearing somebody’s voice, particularly as you begin to share more personal parts of your life with your match.
4. Your goal is… to find the one
So you want to leave lockdown with a long-term beau on your arm? If you’re looking to take your budding relationships to the next level, meeting up IRL is possible within the guidelines.
Use in-app features like video call to test your chemistry together and build that deeper bond first. Then, if you feel comfortable, you can set up a socially distanced date. Grab a beverage and your picnic blanket and meet your date in the park. It goes without saying that you need to maintain a two metre distance between you and stick to all government guidelines – but you definitely don’t have to give up on your dreams of a serious romance.
Ready to find love (or a little distraction) online? Download Bumble and make the first move now
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