Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part column on dating during a pandemic.
Jill has been quarantined in her small apartment in a Cleveland suburb for two weeks.
She was in close contact with someone who contracted COVID-19 and, under doctor’s orders, was required to stay away from others for 14 days.
“The problem is, I had just met this guy,” Jill said. “Well, kind of.”
“We hadn’t met face-to-face yet,” she clarified. “We matched through a dating app, and we were supposed to go on a first date.”
That first date never happened, Jill explained. Once he learned she would be indisposed for two weeks, he lost interest.
“I was kind of bummed because we had so much in common,” she added.
Jill, a recent divorcee, has been using dating apps (four apps, to be exact) and interacting with potential dates, but has never found the spark.
“He wasn’t a good match if he wasn’t willing to wait for me, right?”
Jill’s not the only relationship-seeker testing the pandemic dating waters.
Read more at https://www.vindy.com/life/lifestyles/2020/04/online-dating-during-quarantine-is-rough/ (may encounter paywall).
Dr. Adam C. Earnheardt is special assistant to the provost and professor of communication in the department of communication at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, OH, USA where he also directs the graduate program in professional communication. He researches and writes on a variety of topics including communication technologies, relationships, and sports (with an emphasis on fandom). His work has appeared in Mahoning Matters as well as The Vindicator and Tribune-Chronicle newspapers.