While COVID-19 has distanced us socially, it has not kept people from finding love online. According to the Australian Datingroo dating comparison site, there has been an 85% rise in online dating services as people look for love (and action) across the age, gender, and sexual orientation spectrum. Their survey reveals the leading 'hooking hotspots' in the world, with Australia ranking 3rd (with more than 2400 spots where singles and couples can get it on!)
This study confirms what we know otherwise from surveys around the world, where people are looking for alternate means of socialising (not particularly for hooking up) as the pandemic continues to disrupt life as we know it.
But even as restrictions begin to relax in Australia and other hooking hotspots, you should still be prudent when hooking up via dating websites and apps. Here are 5 pandemic dating tips to help you make the most of your hook-up experience:
1. Decide What You're Looking For
To start, know what you're looking for.
Are you seeking to socialise, find love, or just get down and dirty? This will help you head in the right direction, set realistic expectations and help you maximise pleasure.
According to the aforementioned Datingroo survey, people are actively looking for cruising and dogging locations, i.e. places where it's easy to hookup and get some action, even in your vehicle!
So, once again, be clear on what you are getting into when you date online.
2. Narrow Down Your Searches
This follows from what we discussed above. No matter how horny you may be, discretion is necessary. In a pre-pandemic era, it was OK to use generic criteria to find matches:
● "Looks like a celeb"
● "Doesn't have body odour"
● "Doesn't have a criminal record"
● "Should be human"
(These are actual quotes, BTW).
But nowadays, there's so much more at stake, because potentially, you can contract a life-threatening virus!
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