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“Right now, the hookups are gone and the meaningful conversations are in,” said Julie Spira, 62, an author and founder of a dating-advice company, who has ended up with a virtual pandemic partner of her own.
Even though Ms. Spira doesn’t know what her relationship will look like once quarantine is over, having someone with whom to share ambient thoughts and domestic debacles has given her a sense of intimacy during a lonely time.
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“If you want to get creative, stream a movie that was on your bucket list to watch pre-COVID-19,” says Julie Spira, an online dating expert and CEO at Cyber-Dating Expert. “Microwave some popcorn, and make it feel like a movie date in your home theater.”
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“Couples are spending a lot of time together, and asking each other thought-provoking questions to learn more about each other,” says Julie Spira, an online dating expert and creator behind the advice site Dating in the Age of COVID-19. “Relationships are growing deeper with meaningful conversations. Bonding during a crisis is real.”
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Julie Spira, a cyber dating expert, tells couples in long-distance relationships to “always end your calls and chats by saying, ‘I love you.’ “It can’t be said enough, especially when you’re feeling isolated and lonely,” Spira said.
Sight see. “I love the idea of traveling around the world without a passport,” said Spira. “There are thousands of museums with virtual tours, and you can take turns in selecting what city or country you’d like to visit.”
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Some other distanced date ideas? Cyber dating expert Julie Spira recommends watching a show together via Netflix Party, then hopping on the phone to recap with each other. If you’re both big music fans, look into which of your favorite artists are offering virtual concerts and tune in from your respective homes.
“From asking for two truths and a lie to what the most exciting night of their life was, as long as the questions are not related to the pandemic, it will help you get to know each other on a more intimate but non-physical basis,” says Spira.
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The new dating site users tend to be less interested in casual hookups (because that’s not happening so much), and more interested in long term relationships, said Julie Spira, dating coach and expert. Julie’s coronavirus dating advice has been featured in Ask Men, Chicago Tribune, Elite Daily, Her, MTV News, Tinder, Yahoo! Lifestyle, and LA Weekly.
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“Having a romantic date night at home during quarantine is special. You don’t need to dine at a fancy restaurant or celebrate on a tropical island to honor and cherish another year around the sun together. It might be one of the most memorable anniversaries in your lifetime,” she says.
Plus, it might be just what you need to get out of any social distancing ruts you find yourself falling into. “When you’re stuck at home on your anniversary, it’s a great excuse to get out of the day-to-day routine of wearing sweats and no makeup, to switch it up and wear one of your sexiest outfits.”
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Los-Angeles based Jewish cyber-dating expert Julie Spira believes the pandemic might actually be the perfect cure for dating woes. “This is actually a good thing,” Spira told the Journal. “We are looking at a slower process for dating, which prevents people from just ending up with a hookup and getting ghosted.”
“The need right now to be connected is so heightened, whether that is with your friends or in romantic relationships,” Spira said. “People want to be in relationships, but they just can’t meet in person.”
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Spira also suggests scheduling a virtual happy hour over video chat where both of you can bring your “quarantini” of the day. If that goes well, graduate to a dinner date where you cook the same meal from your own kitchens or talk about your day over a delivery meal.
“Whether you use Zoom or FaceTime, at the end of your virtual date, you should make plans to schedule another video date to keep the spark alive,” she adds.
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Julie Spira, an online dating expert and CEO at Cyper-Dating Expert, tells Yahoo Lifestyle that these calling features might be the best way to both spark a new relationship, and maintain a developing one, at this time.
“My best recommendation to keep the spark alive is to schedule a video date. This can be done within certain apps such as Bumble or Grindr or you can use FaceTime.” Spira says. “Other dating apps have a phone call feature, so scheduling a few phone dates to hear the sound of someone’s voice is an excellent way of taking the slow dating approach during the uncertain times of the coronavirus.”
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While there’s so much we don’t know about the coronavirus, don’t give up on dating and finding love. It’s time to be creative, and you’ve got this.
The coronavirus will force singles to vet their dates with a strong digital eye and will result in a slow-style of dating, which isn’t such a bad idea.
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The Coronavirus Pandemic is a Crisis – We need More Love and Connection. One thing I know for sure is the dating and courting process will slow down in person, but will never come to a complete halt. Just like the move to take classes are being held online, more time will be spent chatting and vetting your dates while still using dating apps.
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Change your habits from a “Netflix and Chill” date to a “Quarantine and Chill” date instead. Come up with a list of movies or shows that you’ve been dying to watch, and have your date do the same. Then, on date night, you can step it up by installing the Google Chrome extension for Netflix Party.
This extension allows you to pause the program, includes a chat box for you to share your comments and thoughts, and it can be a fun way to experience watching movies and shows together. Again, you’ll want to make sure your internet connection is strong.
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That being said, you can still enjoy flirting on dating apps behind the safety of a screen. “Social distancing is the new sexy,” online dating expert Julie Spira tells Elite Daily.
This may sound silly, but the sexier you’re feeling, the more confidently you’ll be able to flirt with new people. If sweatpants and house slippers make up your daily quarantine look (same), consider changing into something nicer when you open up your dating apps. “Put on your lipstick and your favorite date outfit, and act like you’re in a long-distance relationship,” Spira suggests.
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Julie Spira, an online dating coach and the author of The Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online, stressed taking baby steps when it comes to digital dating — though she definitely recommends keeping things in-app so that the platform can both monitor and be held accountable to taking action against people who violate their terms.
“I would not just hop on a video date until you’ve chatted, or even gotten on the phone to hear the sound of someone’s voice,” she told MTV News.
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One great way to feel connected is over FaceTime. ”You can create a shared experience together, and see the reaction from your partner instantly [over video chat]. It adds an extra dimension to help you feel closer,” Julie Spira, online dating expert and author of Love in the Age of Trump: How Politics is Polarizing Relationships tells Elite Daily.
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Special dinner. “If your date night includes cocktails and dinner, send a food delivery to each other so you can dine from the same menu,” Spira said. “Don’t forget to light some candles and dress as if you were on a date.”
Keep it light. Play fun games online, like Bingo or shared puzzles, suggested Spira. She also suggested binge-watching shows together on streaming services like the Netflix Party extension on Google Chrome.