10 Alternative Ways to Meet and Date During the Pandemic

When the world is in a global pandemic, meeting new people and dating is a whole different ball game. However, just because your best-kept secret cocktail bar is shut, it doesn’t mean you can’t meet new people.

Here are 10 great ways you can meet and date during the pandemic.

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Here are 10 alternative ways to meet and date during the pandemic

1. Master online dating

2. Try virtual speed dating

3.   Find a running/walking group

4.   Gaming to socialize

5.   Sign up for an online course

6.   Join a virtual book club

7.   Volunteer

8.   Pick up an exciting hobby

9.   Join local Facebook groups and meetups

10. Get old school

1. Master online dating

Online dating has seen a massive increase in usage since the beginning of the pandemic. Too many give it a bad rap saying it’s full of catfishes and scammers.

However, if you ask around those who met someone great recently, the chances are it happened online. Spend a bit of time learning about online dating and have fun.

Pick photos that tell a story about who you’re and what you like doing, make sure you fill up your bio, so your potential matches have something they can ask you about instead of just ‘hi’.

2. Try virtual speed dating

Feeling bored at home and missing the excitement of the first date? Virtual speed dating allows you to have multiple dates in one night.

Meet multiple women in one night without leaving your couch. You are one video call away from meeting someone great. 

3.   Find a running/walking group

If you’ve piled up extra pounds while having too many Netflix nights, joining a local running or walking group could be a great way to meet someone and get your body moving.

You’re guaranteed to meet those that care about their wellbeing and fitness. And it’s a bonus if you can connect with someone you truly like and could potentially take on a date.

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4.   Gaming to socialize

Have you ever thought of connecting with people while you’re gaming? Especially the ones with a really cute photo.

One of the most frustrating things about first dates is that sometimes conversations are too dry because you know nothing about your date.

However, if you’re bonded by the love of video games you can relate to her at least at one level. Get creative and start those interactions. 

5.   Sign up for an online course

You can be the person who enters the post-pandemic world having watched all the series or you can be someone who’s invested his money and time to better himself. 

Are there any skills you always wanted to improve? Maybe you always wanted to start a business, learn about marketing or copywriting. 

There are so many different platforms where you can pick up some valuable skills and meet great people at the same time. 

6.   Join a virtual book club

A six-pack is cool, but a high-value woman melts when she hears how well-read you’re. It’s a massive turn-on.

There are all kinds of book clubs out there whether you’re into personal development, politics, fiction, or poetry.

Not only you’ll be able to stick to your reading goals, but you’ll also meet like-minded people. It’s a massive bonus if she’s a hot geek.

7. Do Volunteer Work

There’s a big difference between telling her you chill on Saturdays and that you volunteer at the local food bank. Nothing melts a woman’s heart more than a guy who is caring and generous towards the cause he’s passionate about.

There are so many places that could do with extra hands during the pandemic. Not only are you going to do something good for others, but you’ll also be able to expand your network.

Take her to a local shelter on your first date and she’ll never forget you.

8.   Pick up an exciting hobby

Pandemic is a great time to pick up hobbies like investing, photography, cooking, homebrewing beer, or even leatherwork.

Nothing impresses your Tinder matches more than a guy passionate about something he does that doesn’t directly involve his work.

Think about a hobby that can help you be more social. One good idea is that you can cook at home or you can attend an online cooking class where you can meet people.

  9.   Join local Facebook groups and meetups

Join local Facebook groups and meetups to keep an eye on what’s happening in your area. Whether you love dogs or DIY there are groups and communities online that are filled with like-minded people. Don’t be shy and interact with other members.

There’s a big difference between sliding into her DMs when she’s never seen you before and saying a friendly ‘hi’ when you’ve already been discussing the local farmers market and your favorite cheese place in town.

10. Get old school

You’re sitting at a local café enjoying a drink in a socially distant environment and you see a gorgeous lady.  

You can look at her hoping she’ll ever pay attention to you or you can take action.

A quick tip: you can initiate conversations by simply starting small talk: ‘when are you here next?’ Read more on how to approach women effectively.

Don’t let a pandemic stop you from meeting new people and dating. Whether you decide to try out online dating, pick up a new hobby, or volunteer, use this time to build more meaningful connections and have better dates even if meeting face to face is not always an option.