As the world is slowly getting back to its old pre-pandemic self, a lot of people started preparing for a fun-filled, vaccinated summer ahead. However, recent data indicate that almost 51% of daters are currently going through the fear of dating again (FODA).
FODA essentially rises from worries regarding more than just physical health—rusty social skills also play a significant role. After being isolated for over a year, a lot of people fear coming across as nervous, awkward, or paranoid.
Experts recommend several approaches to deal with FODA effectively. The very first one is bearing in mind that the other person is probably also dealing with similar feelings. Knowing that, you may ease the stress and pressure by commenting on the situation lightly and talking about it with the person you want to date.
Other than that, it all comes to communication. Be as direct as possible and make sure to agree with your date about what you’re both comfortable with when it comes to COVID-19 precaution. This could actually create a sense of understanding that will make it easier to build a proper connection that could lead to a relationship.
If you still feel insecure, there is no need to disregard virtual dating completely. Video chats can be a great way to remain safe and this kind of pre-dating can help you determine if you like the other person before you venture out to the real-life date.