Sixty percent of Americans say the coronavirus pandemic changed the dating game for good

SIX in 10 Americans believe the Covid-19 pandemic has permanently changed the dating game, according to new research.

The survey of 2,000 Americans revealed 63% believe dating will be forever altered as a result of the pandemic — and 31% believe virtual dates are here to stay.

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The coronavirus pandemic may have forever changed the way Americans date, according to new research[/caption]

Thirty percent think people will be more likely to turn to dating apps, and a goodnight kiss may have to wait for a second or third date: 44% believe there will be more caution used when touching and kissing on dates.

Results also revealed 66% believe the pandemic has been the biggest game-changer since the rise in online dating.

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of WooPlus, a dating app for curvy people, the survey found quarantine did have some benefits for relationships: 57% believe the pandemic made it easier to reach the comfort zone with a partner.

The survey also delved into specifically what it means to reach the “comfort zone” with a partner and results revealed it takes an average of five months to fall into the comfort zone.

What does that mean?

The top signs of the comfort zone were revealed to be sleeping in the same bed (48%), meeting a partner’s family (38%) and leaving the bathroom door open (37%).

Also in the top 20 signs were telling a partner a deep secret (36%), feeling comfortable not wearing makeup in front of them (32%) and sitting in silence without it being awkward (27%).

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More than half of respondents said the pandemic made it easier to reach the comfort zone with their partner[/caption]

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Three in ten respondents said they think Covid has made them take dating more slowly[/caption]

That’s in addition to being naked around the house together (28%), being comfortable around them while wearing only underwear (28%) and sharing personal details from childhood (27%).

The survey found 80% believe when they reach the comfort zone with a partner, they can truly be themselves.

“We believe entering into the comfort zone is a sign of a strong relationship — and results showed eight in 10 respondents agree,” said Neil Raman, the founder and CEO of WooPlus.

“In the comfort zone, you can enjoy life with someone who loves you for you, appreciates your beauty, makes you feel unique, confident and be the best person you can be.”

Interestingly enough, half of respondents believe people can reach the comfort zone solely through virtual dates — without ever meeting in person.

With virtual dates, 32% think they’re forced to take things more slowly, and 38% said it’s actually easier to get to know someone when you’re not face-to-face.

Still, results revealed 67% agree that how you date — virtually or in person — isn’t as important as who you’re dating.


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Nearly 40percent said it’s easier to get to know someone when you’re not face-to-face[/caption]

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Six in 10 Americans think that Covid-19 has permanently changed the dating scene[/caption]

The logistics of a date are easier (no splitting the bill, no wondering if you should kiss goodbye, etc.) 39%

It’s easier to get to know someone when you’re not face-to-face 38%

It’s cheaper than an in-person date (no dinner cost, etc.) 32%

You’re forced to take things more slowly 32%

It’s easier to connect with my date when it’s virtual 28%


Sleep in the same bed                                                            48%
Meet their family                                                                     38%
Leave the door open when I use the bathroom                      37%
Tell them a deep secret                                                          36%
Shower at their place                                                             36%
Call each other pet names                                                     34%
Don’t wear makeup in front of them                                       32%
Have them meet my family                                                    32%
Trust them to take care of my pet                                         30%
Talk about having a future together (marriage, kids, etc.)     29%
Take a trip together                                                               29%
Be naked around the house together                                   28%
Be comfortable around them in my underwear                    28%
Sit in silence without it being awkward                                 27%
Tell them personal details about my childhood                    27%
Talk about sexual fantasies/desires                                     26%
Let them see me cry                                                            26%
Laugh at dumb things together                                            26%
Let them see me in old/ratty clothes                                    24%
Have them meet my close friends                                       23%

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Three in ten respondents said they connect better with partners on virtual dates[/caption]

“Though the pandemic is upsetting the natural rhythms of dating and changing how you communicate with a new partner, that doesn’t mean we are locked out of love,” said Neil Raman.

“The pandemic has opened the door for people to get creative with virtual dates, focus on forming an emotional connection and establish a ‘new normal’ for their dating lifestyle.

“But while some things are changing, others will remain the same: what we believe will never change is people’s desire to ignite a spark with a partner, build lively connections, create strong bonds and find love.”


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