Lockdown may have felt to many like life has been put on hold, but some lucky Brits have managed to find love even with restrictions in place. We looked into the nation’s digital dating habits and found that 6.1 million people across the UK found love during the pandemic, with more than a quarter (27%) of these lovebirds admitting to proactively looking for someone to date.
Just how did these daters navigate the dating scene with social distancing measures in place? The average Brit who has dated during lockdown has had 13 digital dates since the start of the pandemic., with dating sites (20%) and dating apps (20%), helping them meet that special someone. The simple phone call (15%) was found to be the most popular way to do a socially distanced date, closely followed by a video call (13%) and a socially distanced walk (12%). Watching a film or Netflix series virtually with their date was also listed among this list.
Top 10 most popular lockdown dates:
- Phone call
- Video call
- Socially distanced walk
- Watch a film virtually together
- Watch a Netflix series virtually together
- Have a virtual games night
- Have virtual drinks
- Cook a virtual meal together
- Have a virtual dinner
- Work out together virtually
Men have found it harder to date over lockdown, with more than 1 in 10 (11%) struggling with the impact restrictions have had on their dating life compared to just 6% of women. However, when love did it happen, the nation certainly enjoyed it with 20% saying they like the excitement of meeting someone new, 19% confessing that it makes them feel good that someone is interested in dating them and nearly 1 in 5 saying it’s nice to dress up for the occasion.
For existing couples pre-pandemic, unfortunately their love story wasn’t as exciting, with 3.2 millions Brits confessing to being forced apart from their partners.