A few weeks ago, when the coronavirus pandemic was really ramping up in the United States, a married friend asked me what dating would look like for single people. Amid my shelf-stable food buying and working from home , I thought this was a weird question. I also secretly hoped that swipe apps would be a more magical place where you could fall in love sight unseen like a cast member on Love Is Blind. Honestly, that hope proved true—in some ways. For a lot of people, dating right now is exciting.
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I first created an OKCupid account in , and for nearly five years, online dating and I had a tumultuous, on-and-off relationship. Then, in December of , I decided I would take a break from online dating—and that unlike my previous "breaks," this one would last for more than a few weeks. It's actually ended up lasting a year because after seven months, I met someone—and it was IRL. The biggest reason I had for deleting my dating apps was just an insufficient return on investment. Whether because we didn't have much in common or we weren't willing to put in much effort, my conversations rarely left the texting stage. When they did, second dates were rare and thirds were almost unheard of. I started feeling exhausted at just the thought of another date filled with small talk and attempts to put my best foot forward.
It's the New Year, and the air is fraught with opportunity. Many make ambitious resolutions to eat less, exercise more, or read the Bible in a year. Some venture into a new world altogether: the curious world of online dating.
Once you get started, you may find yourself pleasantly surprised by the options available for your online trysts, not to mention the sheer number of people who are looking for love. Here are a few reasons to try it. No obligation.