Dating Ideas During Coronavirus outbreak
You’ve found your match, You’ve even messaged each other, and You’ve video chatted.
Woohoo! Congratulations. During a global pandemic, you’ve found an extraordinary human being that you’d like to get to know better. The only problem now: You can’t or shouldn’t actually meet them for an in-person date.
The Online dating scene is just one of many whose regular habits have been upended by the coronavirus crisis. As the whole world learns to work from home, the school, home, and… stop… friggin’… touching… your face, single people are grappling with not only how to look for love but also forge a relationship.
According to data from a reputable source, online daters sent more than 35 million introduction messages in March 2020 alone, which is about 4 million more than in the same time frame last year. More than 90% of the users polled say they’re dating virtually. There’s also been a 5% increase in people looking for long-term relationships and a 20% decrease in those looking for hookups.
So once you’ve covered all the usual basics of a first date via video chat, what comes, or can you do next? Here is a collection of some ideas for you when that first date progresses to a second, third, and hopefully a fourth.
1st up: Tour a museum
Museum dates are the go-to classic. Since going to one in real life is virtually impossible, you can find various tours on YouTube of museums around the world. The Prado Museum, Madrid Spain, for example, has a slideshow of famous works essentially. You can also find a walking tour of the Louvre in Paris, France. The app for Google Arts and Culture also offers some virtual tours of sorts from famous museums. So on your date, you can also try to synchronize or screen-share, so you’re looking at the same art at the same time.
Once again, YouTube and Vimeo (or any other platform that might offer music), you can find full-length concerts from bands and artists. Some classics like Queen at Wembley Stadium in 1986, Radiohead at Lollapalooza from there 2016 tour or Kylie Monogue, there’s quite a lot out there. If you really don’t want to commit to a whole hours-long concert, head to NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. The acts play shorter sets at NPR Music’s headquarters in Washington. Watch together via screen share and chat away via phone or video chat.
For the more creative-minded individuals out there, you can plan an art project that you can do together over video chat. Just use whatever art supplies you have on hand, decide on something to draw or paint. You could even just print off free printable pages for adults by Crayola. Spend the next hour or so, or however long, working on the print while you chat away. Then by the end, show each other your masterpieces.
3rd a Virtual Escape Room
Solving problems and tackling challenges are great to see compatibility. So what is an escape room? If you haven’t tried one of these, it is an immersive problem-solving scenario. Participants are literally in a room trying to follow clues, usually tied to a fictional situation, and you try to solve it in a limited amount of time. The Peters Township Public Library, for example, in McMurray, Pennsylvania, created a Harry Potter-themed room using Google Docs. However, if you need more of a challenge, the game The Escape Game (https://theescapegame.com/ ) also offers additional virtual escape rooms. The game The Heist is a multipart game. It’s about an art thief that you can get bundled for $17, or separately for $10.
Service giant released a Chrome extension called Netflix Party — lets you sync up your Netflix viewing and chat on the side. Since social distancing, you may as well make a date of staying in. The Netflix Party app currently only supports text chat, but for more immediate and gratifying experience, talk on the phone or on the platform Discord. In a study, more than 30,000 respondents indicated that watching a movie or TV show together is the ideal virtual date.
the idea–Share a dinner or drink recipes
It sounds creepy if you don’t mind someone watching you eat via a video call. Think of yourself doing a cooking show. You’re basically going to stage a dinner or drinks date. Don’t scare your interested party outright, so put on some decent clothes, order food your just going to eat or prep, and carry on with the usual over-dinner banter. If you want to snazzy it a bit, you can find a simple recipe (not complexed) for a meal or a cocktail and prepare it at the same time while you do your chatting.
6th idea, go old-school Games
If you aren’t one of the large numbers of players visiting your friends’ islands in Animal Crossing, you can resort to the classics of simple games and puzzles. There’s also a pretty simple online version of Clue or something that is fun you can try. How about working on a crossword puzzle together. For example, The Washington Post, lets you send a link to a crossword puzzle so a friend or “partner” can work on the exact same puzzle, for free. In a “partner mode,” The New Yorker allows you to work on a puzzle if you have a subscription.
Finally, a book club idea
Either of you can Pick something to read—title, subject, etc., watch or listen to whatever so you both can talk about. This could be a CD, a podcast, an article, or even a short story. Maybe hold off on assigning anything political or a 500-page book. Instead of worrying about what to say in the small talk, how about something you mutually agree on.