Are you trying to find love while being quarantined? If you are, you’ll be pleased to find out that you’re not the only one. Due to the current pandemic most people have been home for the past few months. Due to this, dating app companies have been reporting a spike among its users and more interactions on their platforms.
Neka Dias, a Bumble and Hinge user said “Watching TV can get a little redundant, you have to find other outlets to try to do something different so you don’t go crazy.”
The pandemic is causing many to stay and work from home. Many are home alone with little to no company and not only that, there also feeling bored. Dias is able to work from home and uses dating apps as something to do and also as a form of communication to talk to the outside world.
She adds “There’s been a surge in the match department. I guess more people are on the apps as well. I’m not surprised a lot of people are lonely because we’re so used to being outside… I don’t think people know what to do with themselves. So everybody is lonely. I’m lonely,” Dias said as she laughed.
Dias isn’t the only one feeling this way, another anonymous user says they’ve had a similar experience. Feeling frustrated and lonely others are also looking towards dating apps to communicate more.
This anonymous user had this to say “It can be a bit lonely, so you want to be open to communication with someone in the outside world. We’re all going through that right now. I see more people willing to talk and get to know each other. The response, from a few hours to a day is now minutes if anything.”
As people are physically seeing each other less they go to dating apps to fill that. Dating app companies are showing data that supports what these users’ are saying. As people feel like they’re running out of things to do they are finding it helpful to talk with others more. What was once something that was used once in a while when people felt bored is being used more often now.
In places such as San Antonio, Texas, Bumble data is showing that they are seeing a growth in use. There was nearly a 20% increase in March alone. On average phone calls and video chat times have been lasting around 34 minutes, this is 10 minutes longer than what the national average normally is. So not only are people reaching out more but they’re talking longer then they normally would.
On the app Hinge, there are reports of a 30% increase in messages throughout all of their users.
Tinder has also reported a worldwide increase. Showing that there have been 20% more conversations and that chats have been held 25% longer then average.
Dias lastly stated that “Everybody wants somebody, everyone wants to talk to someone, so ghosting is on the back burner for these people right now.”
With everyone staying indoors due to the pandemic many are finding it lonely and difficult. People are now finding an outlet through dating apps to communicate and talk to the outside world.
Author Bio: Blair Thomas has been a music producer, bouncer, screenwriter and for over a decade has been the proud Co-Founder of eMerchantBroker, with the highest rated Adult Dating merchant account in the country. He has climbed in the Himalayas, survived a hurricane, and lived on a gold mine in the Yukon. He currently calls Thailand his home with a lifetime collection of his favorite books.