The Handbook
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It goes without saying that a lot has been thrown at us this year, and with restaurants and bars closed anyway, dating might not be top of the agenda. Yet at the start of the pandemic, activity on dating apps skyrocketed. But how are people feeling now? The Inner Circle wanted to find out if people still wanted to date, so they asked. 

Over 1000 singles took part in their survey, opening up about how their dating behaviour has changed during the pandemic. 

The conclusion? People are still dating, but differently and for a new set of reasons. And they’re gradually losing enthusiasm…

But it’s not all bad news. There’s also evidence that online dating has seen a positive shift. Ice breakers are easier than ever, and daters are saying they’re taking it more seriously.

The Inner Circle’s CEO, David Vermeulen, shared his thoughts on how to lift spirits and remain optimistic: “It’s easy to feel like dating is pointless during this period, because ultimately everyone wants to meet in real life and build a future with someone, but it’s important to remember that these strange times will end. And when they do, the majority of singles will wish they had still made an effort.

“It is absolutely possible to make a connection with someone in this time, you just have to put the work in and find fun and interesting things to do. And if you do, you’ll reap the benefits of a much stronger connection when you meet in real life.”

The Inner Circle tells us that they think this will have a positive lasting impact on dating culture and we can’t help but feel this is true. For now at least, the hookup has died. So when someone reaches out, they’re looking for more. With some luck, this might even continue! 

If you know about The Inner Circle you’ll know it is mainly one thing, a dating app. Yes there’s the “Discover” tab, which shows the best bars and restaurants in cities around the world, and has bonus features like lifestyle tips and a whole section for international travel. But at the end of the day, you join The Inner Circle to find someone to share this all with.

Dating might be a bit different right now, but it’s gradually changing for the better and our social lives will start to become less distant.