Hello all! First time poster here. Has anyone else tried to hack dating during the pandemic? How was it different compared to your previous dating experiences? How did it impact your approach to sex with a new partner?
I’ve been divorced since the Fall of 2019. I wanted to start dating after I finished my certification program the following Summer (last year), then COVID happened. I had taken a stab at online dating before, so I knew what to expect there. However, dating and sex during a pandemic was definitely something new to tackle. Other than some people not seeming to be taking the pandemic seriously, but there was an onslaught of people on these dating apps that didn’t know what they wanted. My guess is that the pandemic and sheltering in place caused tons of people to feel lonely, so they went on dating apps in search of something to feel better. I can’t blame them, but it felt like a waste of time when messaging some of them. Anyway, I always opted to message with a potential match for a week, then from there do Zoom or another type of video chat a few times. Then meet and socially distance in a public place outside, like a park. Honestly, I dated one guy for about a month, he fell in love with me, and I never even kissed him! I didn’t feel a spark, so I had to let him down easy.
Thankfully I did meet someone I felt a spark with, almost when I was about ready to give up on dating for a while. We were both fully vaccinated against COVID before I felt ready to kiss and do more. He was patient throughout that waiting game. The sex has been fantastic! I couldn’t be happier.