“One in three Bumble users in the UK still plan on using video calling as a way to get to know someone before meeting them in real life,” Naomi Walkland, associate director for EMEA Marketing at Bumble, told Reuters.
“So we’re almost expecting that ‘pre-dates’ will become the new normal.”
A Bumble survey also found that 55% would seek more meaningful relationships after experiencing loneliness in lockdown.
In England, from Saturday, single adult households will be allowed to form a “support bubble” with one other household and stay the night, which some newspapers took as an end to what they had dubbed a sex ban.
All around the world, single people have been finding ways to carry on dating during COVID-19 lockdowns, with in-app video chats on dating platforms a growing phenomenon.
Adam Wilder, founder of Shhh Dating, a platform where the focus is more on non-verbal flirtation than small talk, said he would continue to use online video calls for events in a post-coronavirus world.