| EDITORIAL |
Romance has gone digital, taking the dating apps that we’ve all come to
hate love to the next level.
Here are the latest dating trends certain to make your heart skip a beat as we press pause on meeting IRL. Oh, and a few ideas on how to give your virtual love life a Newcastle twist, too.
Will we talk?
Online daters are showing more love for messaging than usual while in lockdown, simply because they have more time on their hands.
This means you can expect more meaningful pre-date conversations before you move onto the all-new dating milestone: chatting on FaceTime / Houseparty / Zoom [insert digital platform of your choice].
For a local twist: Get to know your match’s favourite places in Newcastle and plan your perfect first face-to-face date together, post-lockdown.
Video dates are now a thing, with key dating apps like Bumble even introducing new in-app video calling features. This is a chance to get glammed up, style your hair and ditch the lounge wear for a nice outfit as you get acquainted with your crush via modern technology.
I’ve been on two such dates during lockdown, and I have to confess, it feels exciting to embrace my date night routine again and make a proper effort! Aside from getting over my facial quirks and expressions staring back at me, they’re (almost) like real-life dates. Except you can stay super comfy in your slippers and nobody need ever know.
For a local twist: Pour yourself a drink crafted here in the North East with Taste Club’s specially curated rum, gin and vodka boxes. Inside, you’ll find your spirit of choice plus mixers and snacks; basically everything you need for a few classy date night tipples.
Let’s get quizzical
We’re doing them with our families and mates, and now quizzing is a bona fide date night activity.
Quizzes are great for breaking up monotone texting (hands up if you find yourself quickly running out of non-Corona things to talk about on a daily basis?) and let’s face it, we could all do with a little bit more fun. Find a plethora of new quizzes on every subject imaginable via apps, websites, and live streams on Facebook and Instagram.
For a local twist: Local blog, Tickets In Newcastle has created A Pure Belter Geordie Pub Quiz, packed with 50 questions about Geordie culture and all things Newcastle. The quiz is good to go – no research required!
Love on the menu
Your favourite restaurant might be shut (sigh) but that doesn’t mean you have to ditch the traditional dinner date altogether. Pick the same dish to cook, then chat with your beau via Zoom while indulging in your culinary masterpiece. And don’t forget to sync your wine and playlist to create the ultimate we-could-be-in-a-real-restaurant-right-now ambience.
Or if you’re done with quarantine cooking, why don’t you both order a meal from the same local takeaway, helping to support an independent business to boot?
For a local twist: Check out delicious recipe ideas from Anna Hedworth, who runs Cook House in Newcastle’s Ouseburn, or order a BBQ feast from Longhorns via the new Grab app from Blueline Taxis.
Love art? Culture? Music? Look out for virtual exhibitions, tours, film nights, live comedy, book clubs and even DJ sets, as many venues take their eclectic performances and events online. Whatever your common interests, there’s bound to be a digital version you can enjoy.
Not only will you be able to share these experiences together virtually, it’ll give you something else to chat about after. All from the comfort of your sofa. Perfect!
Whatever your virtual dating style, stick at it! And if just one of those new connections makes it through social distancing – I’d say that’s a pretty good measure of a blossoming romance.