Virtual dating is becoming a trend for singles amid coronavirus outbreak

Just because we're on lockdown, it doesn't mean we can't get some lovin'

Lonely hearts around the world are taking matters into their own hands - via a webcam of course. Amid the coronavirus outbreak, singletons have taken to social media to suggest working on their romantic life from the comfort of their very own home, by virtual dating.

A 25-year-old British girl took to Twitter to declare that despite the modern way of dating, chivarly was indeed not dead.

"I have a facetime date this evening... This guy transferred me £15 to go to a corner shop and buy wine for the occasion," she said. 

She also followed up her statement with a quirky joke, we'd actually contemplate.

"Might have to download this Netflix chrome so we can catch a movie after the drink."



Albeit unconventional, American actress and podcaster Constance Zimmer believes the new way of courting could be a good thing. 

"Once a week pretend you’re going out to a nice dinner.  Dress up, put on make up, fix your hair. Set a time for a friend or 2 to meet you for dinner over FaceTime. Virtual dating has a new meaning."



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Sydney-based sexologist and relationship expert Dr. Nikki Goldstein has also weighed in on the dating trend. Althought she admits face-to-face contact may temporarily be on the decline - she maintains, "there is a silver lining."

“This will force us to be creative and to really explore the connections with people during this time of possible physical isolation.” she said on Instagram.

Team LifeStyle were so intrigued, we reached out to one Sydney-based woman who has been on several virtual dates. Meet 32-year-old Maggie, she is in favour of video dating - particularly during isolation.

"So far I've been on date two and date three with the same guy," Maggie tells LifeStyle.

Maggie gives virtual dating the thumbs up.

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"It was a really lovely date actually. I have met this man in person once before he got quarantined.

Asked if it's something she would want others to do, she did not hold back and even shared some handy safety hints.

"I would recommend it to friends, but perhaps after several phone calls. So that it's not too awkward before the video chat.

"Also to be careful not to turn it into a kinky sex show, becuase you don't want your body online."

And noted, that of course - both parties must make an effort with their physical appearance during inital dating stages - just like you would in the real world.

"I do recommend you treat a video date like a real date. Make sure your hair is clean, you're in a presentable state - not in your pjs. A partner still wants to see that you look nice. 

Furthermore, she said she made an active decision to ensure her space was clean.

"Make sure your room is tidy, I recommend sitting up and just really behaving like you would in public." 

Interesting... Would you try virtual dating?

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