In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, everyone is learning to adjust to a new reality. On March 16, the White House laid out new recommendations for social distancing, urging people to avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people and to stay out of bars, restaurants, and public places when possible. This means, among other things, that dating has significantly changed for the time being — but that doesn’t mean you have to give up flirting online. Flirting on dating apps when you’re not meeting up requires a little extra dedication, but it’s a great way to spend your free time while you’re cooped up inside.
As a reminder, it’s seriously not recommended that you go on in-person dates right now, especially to public places or with people you don’t know well. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the virus spreads through human contact through the mucous membranes in the face. If you come into contact with the respiratory droplets (coughing, sneezing, kissing, etc.) of someone standing six feet away from you or less, and you touch your own eyes, lips, or nose, you may be exposing yourself to the coronavirus.
Not everyone develops symptoms, but they may still be carriers of the virus, meaning they could pass it on to others before realizing they are sick. In order to slow the virus’ spread and keep as many people healthy as possible, it’s best to stay inside and avoid all non-essential social interactions.
That being said, you can still enjoy flirting on dating apps behind the safety of a screen. “Social distancing is the new sexy,” online dating expert Julie Spira tells Elite Daily. Here are some ways to make it fun.