COVID-19 hit dating hard over the last year due to social distancing recommendations and stay-at-home orders. Popular dating apps adapted by adding features for users to connect virtually and share their safe dating preferences.
As the coronavirus vaccination rollout ramps up, with President Biden announcing Tuesday all adults in the U.S. will be eligible to receive vaccines by April 19, dating apps have said some of their popular pandemic-induced changes will remain in place.
Video dates, long-distance dating and filtering dates based on health restrictions saw an increase in popularity amid the lockdowns, and the companies behind multiple dating apps expect those trends to continue even as the pandemic eases its grip on the country.
One outcome of pandemic-era online dating is users were more likely to accept more physical distance between them and a potential match, said Michael Kaye, a spokesperson for OkCupid.
“We’ve seen dating across borders really spike during the pandemic,” Kaye told The Hill.
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