I know it feels like a long time since we’ve had that old school dinner and a movie date with the person we’ve been seeing. In the blink of an eye we began online video calling and endless social distancing walks in the park and to be honest, do we even remember how to go on dates at this point? Well, I promise you theres a light at the end of this tunnel! With more than 65% of people in Toronto with their first dose of the vaccine, we can soon return to dating normalcy!
If you’re feeling nervous about going back into in person dating, the team at View The Vibe’s got your back! We spoke to Logan Ury, the Director of Relationship Science at Hinge and she gave us some great advice we’d like to share with you!
We’re all about getting people off the app and onto great dates. Post-lockdown, singles will continue to use Hinge to find like-minded people who are interested in a relationship.Logan Ury
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The Dating App Designed To Be Deleted
Hinge is a smartphone dating app that prides itself in connecting thousands of people for more than just a hookup, but a relationship. Similar to the well-known Tinder app, Hinge allows users to create their profile to be matched with others. Hinge doesn’t want you to be on there forever, but instead find yourself a life partner!
How Canadians Are Using Hinge During Lockdown
Stigmas around online dating are no longer a thing, and for 53% of Canadians, the app was useful for fighting feelings of loneliness and isolation during the pandemic. 82% of Hinge users in Canada say they expect to meet their match through dating apps this year! Here are some more interesting statistics for you:
- 75% of Canadian users say they’re looking for a relationship this summer, not something casual
- 88% of Canadian users were either extremely or somewhat ready to commit to a relationship before the pandemic, and now 34% of them are more ready to commit to a relationship.
- ⅓ Canadian users say this year, they’re most excited about going on dates, connecting with old and new friends and traveling locally
Online dating is a whole new world, so don’t be afraid to dive into it!
As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, you can finally plan that romantic dinner you and your partner have been talking about for months! Logan recognizes how intimidating it can be to finally meet up face-to-face, so she’s given us some good tips on how to navigating real-life dating safety.
1. Identify Your Boundaries
To make the most out of your dating experience, whether that be in real life or online, you have to be honest with yourself! Ask yourself what you want, what you’re looking for and what you’re looking to get out of this experience. Doing this before creating your Hinge account will avoid any of those awkward dates!
2. Set Expectations With Your Matches
You should clearly communicate your boundaries. and let potential matches know your COVID safety expectations from the start.
3. Try A Video Date First
Hinge offers a video prompt feature that now allows you to communicate with your match via face-to-face. 63% of Hinge users said they felt a better connection when using this video feature before meeting. Its an easy yet valuable ‘virtual vibe check’ that allows you to see if there is chemistry with someone before you decide to take the next step with and meet in-person.
4. Talk To Your Match About Your Preferences
Clear communication, especially around challenging topics, is crucial for building a meaningful relationship. Successful couples know how to navigate hard conversations. Use this as an opportunity to practice that skill with your new match.
5. Ignore The Pressure
As social distancing guidelines shift, every dater’s comfort level will be different. It’s important that you don’t feel pressured to do anything you’re not comfortable with. Check in with yourself (and the World Health Organization guidelines!) to make sure you’re making the right decision for yourself!