Swiping in the Time of Corona
Updated: Apr 21
With everyone around the world practicing safe social distancing and Hong Kong experiencing its own second wave of Coronavirus cases, people are left to wonder:
"How do I find my special someone during this time?"
Let's not mince words. Everyone has been struggling with the changes to their daily lives and being restricted to the confines of their home or neighborhood. It's a global shift that everyone has been slowly coming to terms with whether you're in New York, London or Hong Kong. Despite this, there are still options out there for everyone no matter what your current work style is like. All it requires is a bit more creativity and a patient state of mind.
First thing's first, it's important to understand that during this crucial time of social distancing/isolation (or even quarantine) you should definitely exercise safety so you do not put yourself into high risk scenarios whether its going out for a date or catching up with friends. For the most up-to-date information available, please check https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/index.html (or your respective country's guidelines).
Now that that's out of the way, let's move on!
Dating apps are certainly not a new thing in the minds of singles around the world and now is a great time to be creative on the platform. If you're having trouble deciding on what apps to use, please see this handy article I wrote on earlier on my experiences using every major dating app for a year. Once, you've settled into your preferred app of choice, it's time to let those creative juices flow with clever profiles. Bringing a little humor during this time can help maximize your chances of being seen, so take advantage of it.
Here are a few examples made by several members of r/Tinder who have went above and beyond in their profiles.
Knowing that toilet paper has become the dominant currency during this time, use that common knowledge to your advantage to crack a joke or two.
Since everyone's lives have been shifted to online video calling platforms such as Zoom or Houseparty, it's a good time to flex the courtship muscles and enjoy a conversation with someone to get to know them instead of immediately asking to Netflix'n'chill.
As bad as this sounds, the shift from matching then immediately meeting up to purely getting to know someone online has definitely left a lot of regular online daters stumped in terms of how to proceed forward with their dating lives. There are very restrictive constants that everyone abides by now, so everyone should make the best of it and let those creative juices start flowing. If you're looking around and finding it hard, here's an example from Tiktok who made it work for them.
Of course, this isn't for everyone so find out what helps you and how you can make the best of dating during quarantine or self isolation.
JJ Wu Chang