The Coronavirus has taken the world by storm in the worst way possible, and as teens are wondering how they’re supposed to find love when the World Health Organization (WHO) is urging social distancing to help keep the spread of the virus at bay.
Should you stop dating during the pandemic? What options are there for those who are interested in meeting up with other singles? How are you supposed to date when all of the restaurants and entertainment venues are closing?
Keep reading to get the answer to these questions as we look at 6 safe dating tips for teens in the time of Coronavirus.
How to Flirt while in Self-quarantine
No matter where you live, it seems that the WHO and the government are strongly urging people to self-quarantine, and we suggest you do the same – especially if you have just come back from traveling.
Putting yourself under a two-week isolation period will help prevent the spread of the virus. Obviously, this can put a bit of a damper on your dating life, since meeting someone in person is the key part of dating.
But don’t sweat it, there’s still plenty of things you can do to stay safe and stay dating during Covid-19.
- Pretend you’re in a long-distance romance and have dates over video chat.
- Play 20 questions
- Share an online drive together
- Take quizzes at the same time
- Pick a movie and watch it on Netflix at the same time<
- Listen to audiobooks together
- Play the same board game (updating each other on your moves so they can move your piece as you go)
- Practice your hobbies together (for example, if you both write – write a story together! If you play music, send each other what you’re working on)
- Work out at home together via Skype. Not only is this a fun and healthy date idea, but it is also fun to watch
Get to Know Each Other
Part of the reason long-distance relationships get so serious is that a couple doesn’t have a lot of distractions to rely on to fill the silence. They have to talk and get to know each other on a deeper level.
Why not take a page from the LDR book and use this time of not being able to date in person to get to know the person you’re dating really well?
Ask fun get-to-know-you questions, talk about your goals and dreams together, share funny stories, and talk about your life.
By the time you’re able to hang out in person, you’ll feel so comfortable you’ll wish you did this with all your dates! (You know, minus the whole pandemic aspect.)
Practice Social Distancing
If we’re talking about first world problems amidst Covid-19, social distancing will probably come up on the top of most people’s list of why this virus pandemic sucks so much.
While introverts everywhere are cheering, the rest of us are twiddling our fingers, sick and tired of Netflix, and are wondering when we can get back out in the world and go on proper dates.
That being said, social distancing is an important part of our containment process, and we don’t want to be rulebreakers.
IF YOU LIVE IN AN AREA THAT IS NOT PRACTICING “SHELTER IN PLACE“
Here are some tips on how to date during Covid-19 while still practicing social distancing, (and a couple of things to avoid):
- Do not attend parties, concerts, clubs, dances, or go to malls
- Avoid large group dates – many country’s health ministers are suggesting that if there are more than 10 people present, you shouldn’t be there!
Date at Home
If you have started seeing someone new and aren’t ready to put the kibosh on hanging out in person, don’t worry! There are plenty of fun dates you can have at home.
- Play board games – a classic for a reason!
- Watch a new show on Netflix
- Make a fancy dinner or your favorite dessert together
- Watch all of the Oscar movies from a particular year
- Learn something together like an instrument or a language
- Read a book aloud together
- Make a craft or project
- Go outside and have a backyard date (throw up a tent, fire up the barbecue, and camp out under the stars)
Dating Apps Warn Not to Meet up In-person Right Now
Are you a fan of dating apps? If so, you may have noticed that Bumble, Tinder, and Hinge have all stressed the importance of staying safe during these scary times. Tinder has openly warned users about the danger of meeting up with your matches during Covid-19.
Let’s be honest – you don’t know where your date has been. Did they travel abroad recently? Are they carrying the virus? Are they washing their hands regularly?
The good news is you don’t have to meet someone in person these days to start dating. For now, keep your dates online and get to know each other through apps, social media, and voice chats.
As a teen, you have your health and your youth on your side. If you get the Coronavirus, you’ll probably have mild* to moderate symptoms and be back to enjoying your life in about two weeks.
“I’m not afraid of covid!” you might say. “I’m going to head out to a club/go traveling/live life normally!”
If this is you, then you have a great spirit! But you must be considerate to those who are at risk. Think of what would happen if you went out on a date to a social event and became a Covid-19 carrier.
You may not show symptoms, but you could still pass it on to someone in the at-risk age group like your parents or grandparents.
Dating is a fun part of being a teen, but don’t put dating before your health or the health of someone you love. If you absolutely feel the need to continue looking for love amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, be sure to have your dates at home where you can be safe and practice social distancing.
*Many people with what is considered mild symptoms say they feel sicker than they’ve felt in their whole lives.