Dating site and apps: an escape from social isolation
We’ve all been locked down for several weeks now, and after the initial astonishment and the need to plan multiple Facetime meetings and virtual drinks with friends and family, we all had to go back to our, disrupted, lives. If lockdown for many means working from home, teaching at home and organising individual sports sessions in the living room, it also allows singles to resume searching for love using the dating site and app of their choice. One thing is sure: there’s no risk of contracting or spreading the coronavirus from browsing the profiles of singles! Of course, you’ll have to wait a little longer to enjoy face-to-face dating, but for the moment nothing is stopping you from “staying at home” and experiencing love from a distance.
How to find and enjoy love at a distance
The lockdown means singles don’t have the chance to start a real-life relationship, but however long it feels, it’s important to remember it is temporary. And you can prepare for it to be over by starting a real encounter online right now. The advantage of this situation is that it encourages us to slow down the online dating process, to be authentic and to be creative. Say goodbye to the endless swiping and those awful “what are you doing tonight?” requests which come as soon as the conversation starts. This crisis we are all going through will make us more sensitive, creating more intimate, interesting, authentic conversations.
How to be a successful couple? By taking time for yourself.
This period allows time to reflect on yourself and what you wish to share with a future partner. And of course, this lockdown is making all of us evolve. So, maybe make a start by updating your online profile and description. If you’ve taken the opportunity to learn new language, practice Kundalini Yoga or improve your cooking skills, why not share it? “My next challenge: to make the best Pavlova in the neighborhood! I’m looking for a brave gourmet to taste it at the end of the quarantine period”. That way, the time you spent refocusing on yourself, achieving new things or taking up new challenges proves your ability to adapt, progress and change. It’s good for your self-confidence. And this self-confidence is essential if you want to meet someone on the same wavelength as you and to make a relationship last.
Maintaining a long-distance relationship: thank you, technology
Written conversations, photos, calls, video chats and more: Match gives you all the tools you need to communicate, exchange and get to know each other better. Proceeding step by step (starting with a written message, then a call, then a live video chat) allows you to progress slowly but surely as you discover each other and vary your ways of interacting according to the day or your mood. It’s up to you to turn these meetings into playful, romantic or even erotic (we’re all adults here!) moments. Even if they are without physical contact, these exchanges will feed and nourish your connection with each other. For some, they can even take away the extra pressure of meeting in person and encourage spontaneity and creativity. Contrary to what you might think, it is perfectly possible to create intimacy and make memories between the two of you from the moments you share through your screens. If your relationship lasts several weeks online, the chances are the pleasure of meeting in person will be all the more intense. Except that you won’t feel like you’re meeting a near stranger.
Long distance love allows you to escape from your everyday life
Are you longing to meet each other physically? Do you sometimes not know what to say to each other anymore? During the lockdown, every day feels the same and they drag on as you count the days before you can touch each other, caress each other and make love. But remember to tell yourself that couples living under the same roof aren’t always finding this situation easy either! Use your creativity to turn the situation to your advantage. You may not be able to touch each other, but you can turn your imaginations on. And take the opportunity to share experiences far away from boring everyday activities. Read exotic texts or erotic poems together. Or take turns writing a story: you take turns imagining and writing the rest. This writing process can be surprising, seductive and even exciting. Check out our article Sexuality and Confinement, for ideas to defuse sexual frustration and realize that loving at a distance can be a real escape from confinement.
Check out our new podcast ‘Love on Lockdown’
To help keep you company during the Lockdown, Match has launched its first podcast! Called ‘Love on Lockdown’ there’s a new episode every weekday to help singles discover how this could be the perfect time to find that special someone!
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