Has the pandemic changed how you date and what is important for you in a potential partner? The Doctors welcome dating expert Devyn Simone to share her tips for people getting back out into the dating world.
Devyn says the pandemic has caused people to place more value on partnership and allowed people to slow down their dating life and focus more on fewer people. Surviving the pandemic has also caused people to reexamine what is important in a partner. The matchmaker says things like success and good looks are still high on people's lists but now, people are also placing a great deal of importance on a partner's emotional intelligence, and whether they have a positive outlook.
And if you are feeling rusty about getting back out into the dating world after more than a year in lockdown, Devyn suggests to warm up, maybe start dating online and even consider social media as a place to meet people, and she suggests practicing flirting even if it's just online.
But are Zoom dates a thing of the past now that lockdowns are ending?
Devyn says a virtual first date is still a great way to get to know someone without having to invest time and energy into something that might not be a match. She suggests virtually dating a few times and then moving on to an in-person meet-up.
But, if someone only wants to date virtually, she warns this could be a red flag. The Doctors previously noted catfishing has been on the rise in the last year. so beware if something feels off with someone you're chatting with online.