Despite the fact that people have been spending more time alone than ever before, there’s been an increase in dating app use. These apps, such as Tinder, report that users have been discussing quarantine topics more often, with apps facilitating video chats and phone calls for all users.
Another interesting finding is that people in relationships who are quarantined apart from their partners have also started downloading these apps, even spending more time than single people while browsing and looking at other potential hookups.
A survey, commissioned by luxury sex toy brand LELO and conducted by OnePoll, asked 1,000 single Americans and 1,000 Americans in relationships who are spending these months apart from their partners, about their app usage and found some interesting results.
“While 41% of single people said they’ve signed up for a dating website during their isolation, a surprising 52% of attached Americans signed up as well,” explains the report.
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“It’s only natural people are missing the intimacy they had prior to the pandemic. All the things we took for granted are now conspicuously missing from our lives,” says LELO’s Luka Matutinovic.
Singles and those in relationships have reached out to their ex while in quarantine and have also become less picky about the people who they are choosing to chat with. “Six out of ten people say they are willing to lower their standards and talk to someone outside their ‘usual type’ while in isolation,” says the report.
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When it comes to embracing virtual dates, a topic that has caused people a significant amount of stress, 27% of single people report taking the plunge. Forty-one percent of people in relationships report having virtual dates with their significant other, which is kind of low number. It’s been two months, people.
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