“Patience is a virtue and the best things in life are worth waiting for.” – Julie Spira, The Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online
Are you considering ways to connect with other people during the COVID-19 pandemic? If so, are you aware that there are several options to connect socially while still maintaining the social distancing requirements.
By way of answering these questions let’s consider the following discussion to help you navigate your way through these tough times.
The emotional and mental health consequences of social distancing
Human beings are, by definition, social creatures. Nick Morgan writes in his article published on Forbes.com, that people “share mirror neurons that allow us to match each other’s emotions, unconsciously and immediately.”
He also states further on in his article that “we leak emotions to each other. We anticipate and mirror each other’s movements when we’re in sympathy or agreement with one another… And we can mirror each other’s brain activity when we’re engaged in storytelling and listening – both halves of the communication conundrum.”
Consequently, the need for social isolation or social distancing to slow down and prevent the rapid spread of the coronavirus throughout the world has caused, and continues to result in increased levels of depression, fear, and anxiety both from the unknowns around the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the lack of social interactions for the long periods that it will take for this virus to burn itself out.
Social connections and online dating during COVID-19
As described above, there is a direct need for social interactions between people to foster healthy emotions as well as the reduction in the negative effects of COVID-19 on our psyches.
Sign up with an online speed dating platform
One of the advantages of the speed dating model is that people get to meet lots of other people in a casual environment. Chats between a pair of single people in this scenario are only a couple of minutes long; thereby, fostering a large number of social connections.
The online dating platform that espouses this model allows a large number of people from all over the world to sign up and to connect instantly with other people. Conversations can last from a few seconds or minutes to forever. If one of the parties no longer wants to chat with a particular person, they can hit the <next> button to initiate a conversation with the next person.
Develop social connections
Due to the COVID-19 stresses, and especially if someone is living alone, they might feel the desperate need to find a long-term, intimate partner.
However, it is not a good idea to walk into an intimate relationship with someone else under the current circumstances. It is far better to develop social but meaningful relationships with lots of other people across the world. We are all in the same situation; ergo, we are all experiencing similar challenges.
Embrace the real you
People often feel as though they are unravelling in stressful times. And, they need to put on a front to be accepted socially. This point becomes even more relevant in a world where hairdressing and beauty salons are still closed.
However, it is far better to embrace who you are without hiding behind a fake front because your self-esteem and self-confidence levels are low. Being true to yourself will pay off in the end because you will find a partner who matches the real you.