The past few months have been rough for me. Being single, living alone, feeling detached from the world has taken its toll. Sure, we have friends to talk to on video calls, or in socially distant settings, but it doesn’t quite replace the intimacy of being in a romantic relationship.

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, I thought dating was going to be even more difficult than before, since I was unable to go anywhere to meet someone new. So I, like many others, turned to dating apps in search of true love. As a past user of dating apps, I always found myself deleting them after a few terrible experiences. But now, during the pandemic, the experience has been very different. I’ve found a much larger pool of datable men and had way more meaningful connections.

As it turns out, being single during the pandemic hasn’t been all bad. In fact, for me at least, it’s been a great time to date, perhaps because the social situation forces singles to create more genuine connections with others.

I’ve learned a few things along the way.

Filter through potential dates

With social distancing policies in place, I’ve carried on