Pandemic hinders social life, dating apps can help
“How do you spell Love? You don’t spell love. You feel it.” -Poop, “Winnie the Pooh”
Many people are looking for love in different places: school, bars, parties and dating apps. Dating apps are becoming more and more relevant in the age of technology.
People use dating apps with different intentions and ideas of what they want to find, whether it’s one-night stands, short-term romance, long-term relationships, or even friendships.
Due to the pandemic, people cannot go out, so some people have decided to download popular apps like Tinder, Bumble, and Hinge. Having an app that lists your interests and matches you with people who have common interests is a great idea.
Callan Lichtenwalter, a doctoral student in animal sciences, found her partner through a dating app. She said she originally downloaded Tinder as a joke, but over time she and her current boyfriend made a connection.
Although she was successful, Lichtenwalter said it was difficult on this day due to the pandemic and it was generally difficult to get a feel for a person on the internet.
“I just think I understand [people] on the Internet is not always easy. Having this disconnect from real life can be hard to [assure] you actually make a real connection with someone, ”Lichtenwalter said.
That’s not to say you shouldn’t try. She encourages caution, especially if you plan to meet in person.
“I do not think so [dating] must stop completely. But I think it’s something you should be careful about. Just for personal safety and public health [reasons]Lichtenwalter said.
Lichtenwalter thinks it’s important to know someone, as well as their COVID-19 habits, she said. For those planning to continue a relationship during the pandemic, it’s safer to make sure the other person takes COVID precautions seriously before trying to meet on a date.
She recommends trying dating apps because you might find someone you wouldn’t have met otherwise.
“I think we all have our own little bubble, and sometimes dating apps help you meet people you wouldn’t have been in contact with otherwise,” Lichtenwalter said.
She said if you are going to meet someone to tell a friend who you are going with and where you are going.
“I’ve only been on Tinder and Bumble, and it generally ended up pretty well with a few dates here and there, and sometimes even a relationship. Online dating is currently one of the only ways to meet new people, ”said Alana Hall, sophomore psychology student.
While online dating opens doors for romantic relationships and new friendships, Hall cautions readers to be wary.
“I think people should be very careful as always. If they want to try to meet in person, [they should] get negative tests from both parties or quarantine each person before and after the meeting. Pullman is a hotspot right now, and the last thing we need is to spread [COVID-19] around more, ”Hall said.
Hall said they believe people will enjoy dating more after the pandemic.
“I think people will enjoy face-to-face dates more, and remote dating might get a little easier as more apps and websites have popped up with things to do on the internet.” , Hall said.
Hall said people should use dating apps, but make sure someone they’re talking to isn’t fishing for chat – luring someone into a relationship by creating a fake character online.
“I recommend online dating apps, but there are always risks. Video chatting is always a good way to make sure that A, you’re not hooked, B, you can recognize yourself, C, it puts you less in danger, and D, it’s generally a better way. to know a person, ”Hall said.
Dating is always a touchy subject, inside and outside of a pandemic. However, you should approach dating with caution, as it can be an unintentional way to spread COVID-19. But if you’re both safe, dating online can be a great way to meet your significant other or a new friend. If you are looking for new people to meet, this is a great way to do it.