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Service of Online Dating During a Pandemic: Where There’s Hope

Monday, September 28th, 2020

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While most social occasions to meet a potential companion, such as weddings, special events and dinner parties or opportunities like travel and work have been scotched by the pandemic, internet dating is thriving according to Mary Meisenzahl of buinessinsider.com. She wrote: “Match Group’s second quarter 2020 earnings report shows an increase in subscribers and downloads over pre-COVID-19 levels, and users are back to paying for membership at the same level they were before.”

And who can blame people for valiantly continuing to search for the mate of their dreams to ward off loneliness, especially now?

Match Group encompasses 45 brands and represents 60 percent of the internet dating market–10 million subscribers of which Tinder claims 6 million reported Meisenzahl. Some other familiar ones are Match, Hinge, and OKCupid. Meisenzahl identified as “most promising” that the economic crisis has had no impact on average revenue per user which after April’s lull has steadily increased and “even surpassed pre-coronavirus levels.”

I’ve been to two weddings made possible by online dating and each has led to long and happy unions.

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There are the obvious concerns about people meeting during a pandemic when they are unfamiliar with the habits of strangers potentially catching or spreading Covid-19.  And how many of these relationships are destined for tragedy because they are based on settling, no more than a hasty antidote to extraordinary loneliness during a period of working at home? Once the pandemic passes, half of these couples might get hurt.

This gloom and doom perspective is more than conjecture.  History books are filled with tales of quick fix connections that were made during wartime that dissolved soon afterwards. I know of just such an instance that happened eons ago.

We were stationed for two years–the typical term–on a Turkish base. Some couples lived in base housing and airmen, most of whom were young bachelors, lived in barracks. If they were married, airmen lived in apartments off the base. A couple we knew broke up immediately on returning to the states. The husband told his devastated wife he’d only married her so that he didn’t have to live in airman quarters and admitted he didn’t want to be alone, so far from home, for 24 months.

Do you know folks who continue to date on the Internet through the pandemic? Have any met the ONE? Do you think desperation not to be lonely may impact the longevity of some of these relationships?

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