Vacci Dating Is The Hottest New Trend With Singletons Demanding Vaccinated Matches In Their Biography
Now that pubs and alfresco dining are open, online daters eager to meet their matches in person are finally able to replace socially distant walks in the park with a sit-down date.
Since Boris Johnson announced the easing of the lockdown on April 12, online matchmaking service Wingman has reported a 350 percent increase in new signups.
But while it’s a step in the right direction for those looking for love, the dating world is also entering a ‘new normal’ as a result of the ongoing pandemic.
And it seems that many loners now have a new list of requirements – with a vaccination certificate at the top of the list.
“Vacci dating is the hottest dating trend right now,” says relationship expert and Wingman founder Tina Wilson. Vaccination talks are currently a huge turnaround.
The dating world is entering a ‘new normal’ as a result of the ongoing pandemic, and it seems many loners now have a new list of requirements – with a vaccination certificate at the top of the list (stock image)
Online behavior mimics real life, so it’s only natural that we see vaccinations mentioned in Wingman biographies.
“People’s wish lists have changed and we are seeing increases in the number of mentions about vaccination in the dating app biographies. One in three new registrations mentions the vaccine in their online dating profiles. ‘
Tina added that the vaccination conversation could be divisive, with some singles admitting they wouldn’t consider matching with an anti-vaxer.
“ Pre-pandemic, singles were looking for a date that shares their passions, be it skydiving or camping, but one thing more relevant now is to be on the same page about the vaccine, ” she explained.
‘A large number of online daters choose their data based on vaccination preferences. It confirms that singles want to meet matches who are on the same page, and using the vaccine as a marker is an important way to filter out bad matches. ‘
Many experts indicate that social distancing measures will be in effect for the foreseeable future, and will continue well beyond the proposed June 21 date, when legal restrictions on social contact are expected to be lifted.
This brings with it a whole new etiquette when it comes to dating – but what are the ‘rules’? Here, Tina shares what’s considered acceptable – and deal breakers – for dating after the lockdown.
A large proportion of online daters choose their data based on vaccination preferences. It confirms that singles want to meet matches who are on the same page, and using the vaccine as a marker is an important way to filter out bad matches (stock image)
DON’T KISS ON THE FIRST DATE
This is the new taboo. It’s tempting to go for the hug, especially when sharing a glass of wine, but the anxiety and health risks after this close contact just won’t be worth it.
Old-fashioned courtship is making a comeback, leading to a more patient approach to dating.
When you know your date very well and want to develop the relationship, you can date them safely, take them to your bubble and date and kiss them safely.
… OR DRINKS
You might be tempted to sample their cocktail, but don’t share drinks or offer a sip of yours as a taster.
Your date may be delayed by wondering how casually you’re suggesting it, so it’s important to be respectful when keeping the date safe and enjoyable.
NEVER SHARE FOOD …
When you don’t share food or steal a chip from their plate on a first date.
Restrictions can be lifted and it’s normal to lapse into learned behaviors, but it’s important to remember that small gestures can create an uncomfortable situation, and you don’t want to bring that fear into a date. Apply the Joey Tribbiani approach: “Joey doesn’t share food!”
DO NOT OFFLOAD YOUR COVID
Everyone knows it’s been a tough year, but don’t use your date as your therapist to take away all your stress and grumbling (no matter how valid they are).
You will not be aware of the experience your date has had with the virus, or how they have been affected, so make sure to proceed with caution and remember that they may not want to talk about their experience, so take their example and keep it light.
PLAY BY THE RULES
Talk positively about the new government guidelines instead of boasting about some or all of the rules you’ve broken, no matter how minor. You could talk yourself out of a second date if your date is judging that behavior.
Don’t pressure your date and vice versa
Don’t propose a date that falls outside of the official rules, even if you’re feeling good you don’t want to make your date feel uncomfortable, so put the extra effort into getting creative and plan a fun date within guidelines.
Also, don’t feel pressured to go on a date and do something you don’t want to do. When you spend time with someone you like, it is important to respect each other’s boundaries in order to develop the relationship further. If you have wildly different views, it may be an insight that you are not a good match.
DO NOT DO VIRTUAL DATING
Virtual dating is here to stay and was a godsend during the pandemic. So have a virtual date before meeting in person to make sure there is a spark or chemistry before you go to the effort to meet in person.
Many singles reported that virtual dating was a much easier way to filter out bad matches and wasted dates, so taking advantage of this and making sure the dates you meet in real life are worthwhile.