Since the outbreak of COVID-19, social events have been cancelled, travel has been restricted and universities have gone fully remote. It is not surprising that young people nowadays are hanging out on online dating apps such as Tinder very often. The companies are seeing drastic revenue spikes too. For them, dating has become a bridge between a need for safety and a desire for connection during the pandemic.
Updates on online dating apps during the pandemic
Tinder is an American online dating application known for swiping to like or dislike other users’ profiles. Dallas Morning News has released an article about Tinder continue being the key driver of growth. It has spiked 15% in the direct revenue in just three months.
Guidelines about what type of interactions are appropriate and safe during a global pandemic are often confusing. Hence, apps like “Bumble” let their users add a badge to their profiles about what kind of dates they prefer. Users can select badges such as virtual, socially distanced with a mask or socially distanced.
While the average age of students who are in romance is in the early 20s, so it is not surprising that they are more likely to be in the dating app group.
“Late teen and early adulthood brain development are very different in terms of priorities, expectations and fears. It’s very different when comparing with full adulthood. Risk taking differs from someone 20 to someone 35+.” said by Dalia Badr, a psychology professor at MCCC.
What Maria Sophocles, Medical Director of Women’s Healthcare of Princeton (WHP) is seeing from day to day seem to prove what Badr says.
How it affects the rate of pregnancies and relationships
During the lockdown of COVID-19, many people who stuck at home together have contributed to the predicted surplus of pregnancies. Not only that, but Sophocles have also seen a massive uptick in chlamydia and requests for the morning after pill. This is likely due to the “the Laissez Faire attitude most are having right now.”
Sophocles says that the pandemic makes young people afraid of going to stores or pharmacies to buy condoms or other necessary protections. It is indeed paradoxical as most of them may have a strong desire for a hookup.
On the other hand, many people who are in committed relationships and live together actually have lost the lovin’ feeling.
Moreover, families and couples are forced to coexist and share spaces where everyone is well aware of each other’s presence in the home. With so limited personal time and space, the idea of bonding with each other may no longer be of interest.
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