As some parts of the nation begin to reopen amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans are preparing to re-enter society with a new normal. Almost all facets of life will evolve as a result of this virus, including the ways that we work, eat and even communicate with one another. This trickles all the way down to the ways that we practice intimacy with loved ones or potential partners.
CEO of Ella Paradis and relationship expert, Tino Dietrich, has examined the challenges of intimacy during the peak of the virus, but now, as we near a hopeful return to normalcy, he has determined 3 ways our approach to dating and intimacy will change:
1) A boom in creative dates: Social distancing has inspired creative ways for couples to spend time together, which has ultimately helped these individuals find unique ways to experience intimacy on a new level. This has set a precedent for what future dates might look like, and traditional date ideas, such as dinner and a movie, might take a backseat.
2) Slow burn for physical connections: Even though there is an eagerness to get back out into social settings, some individuals may be reluctant to become physical with someone as germs are still a considerable factor. Not only that, but certain environments where it would normally be easy to meet someone, such as bars and restaurants, will now be putting into place social distancing requirements to limit physical touch. These factors will inevitably shape the ways that
3) Strive for virtual victories: Dating apps and video chat platforms were popular before COVID-19, but they have boomed amidst the pandemic and will only continue to do so in the future. Digital platforms provide people with instant opportunities to form connections while remaining in the comfort of their own spaces. Since the beginning of the virus, people have found creative ways to host virtual dates, which proves it is a viable option for relationships in the future.