Dating is hard. But finding a date, especially during this period where the majority of the population is staying at home, is even harder.
So, when circuit breaker was initially announced, the first thoughts on some of my friends’ minds were — how am I going to continue meeting new people?
Yes, I’m referring my single friends who are on dating apps and on the lookout for that special someone to spend the rest of their lives with.
The typical routine for those in the dating app scene goes like this: You match up, do a bit of in-app chatting and then proceed to meet, usually at a cafe or a dining establishment.
Over food and drinks, you work on discovering if you have common interests or if there’s a spark that ignites, to decide whether or not to keep the conversation going.
So what happens during this period when we are asked to stay at home as far as possible and even when out, we are to practise social distancing?
The answer is to have a first date from the comfort of your own home, via Zoom or a similar platform. And dating agencies in Singapore have quickly pivoted their businesses to match clients up in such a manner.
One outfit that has taken to going online is KopiDate and I decided to set one of my said single friends, Jo, 30, who works in marketing, up for the experience.
Just in case you were wondering, Jo is someone who needs no help in getting a date. But given that she is an extrovert by nature and cabin fever had started setting in early during CB, this date was a welcome change from her usual WFH routine.
Here’s how it went.