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- Oct 3, 2020
hen the UK went into lockdown, single people were forced to press pause on their love lives. Flourishing flirtations were cast aside; random hookups became a distant memory. Romance, as it was known, screeched to a halt. Seven months later, it’s still not clear when it will get moving again.
For those who chose not to “test the strength of their relationship” - as the UK’s deputy chief medical officer, Dr Jenny Harries, so eloquently put it - by moving in with their last Hinge date, it was time to get creative. And so single people lost themselves in a sea of virtual cocktail tastings, FaceTime quizzes, and Zoom orgies. They also started frantically looking for love at first swipe, with dating apps reporting major spikes and rolling out virtual features to accommodate this new wave of activity.
Despite the fact that no one could actually touch each other, morale wasn’t as low as you’d think, as people thrust themselves into this brave new digital-only dating world, one video call at a time.
As the UK endures its seventh month of the pandemic, Olivia Petter examines the impact of social distancing restrictions on single people navigating the dating scene