More than two years since its outbreak, the pandemic has taken its toll on single American adults who say dating has become even more challenging than in pre-pandemic times.
According to a recent survey by Pew Research Center, dating wasn’t easy before the coronavirus either. Most singles stated they were unhappy with their love life, while three-quarters complained that they had trouble finding a date.
The pandemic didn’t significantly alter the motivations of the daters. Most of them are still equally interested in engaging in a serious relationship. At the same time, there’s an even number of those reporting they lost or gained more interest in finding a long-term partner.
Demographic data suggest that younger adults are more eager to engage in a committed relationship, and this trend is more noticeable in men than in women.
Additionally, most daters don’t give much importance to the vaccination status of a potential partner, but four in ten wouldn’t go out with an unvaccinated person. Findings relate these attitudes mainly to the political views of the participants. While Democratic daters insist on finding a vaccinated partner, Republican ones don’t think vaccination status plays a role in their dating life. Moreover, half of the surveyed singles with a bachelor’s degree or higher education prefer dating a vaccinated partner, while those with less education don’t mind dating an unvaccinated person.
Although the pandemic keeps some non-daters off the market, most say they like being single, feel they’re too busy, too old, or have other priorities.