How to navigate ‘digital dating’ during the lockdown

How to navigate ‘digital dating’ during the lockdown

We’ve seen the TV documentaries featuring assorted oddballs telling their tales of woe or joy, we’ve been told again and again how dangerous it is out there, and so many of us have shunted net dating into the “too weird” basket. Yet dating sites keep growing. January web stats from Hitwise show that the top two local sites, NZ Dating and Findsomeone were 3rd and 9th respectively in a ranking of Kiwi sites’ market share, with both having gained popularity since the month before. Has there been a geek population explosion, or is net dating going mainstream? It was my sad, desperate mission to find out. Many of them didn’t need much convincing – there is a lot of anger out there over a television documentary on the subject a while back. Apparently the show’s participants were a rather strange and sad lot and the web dating community is still smarting over it. No wonder. It quickly becomes clear that net Datingland does not necessarily equate with Geeksville or Pervert County.

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But not for Rose, a year-old from Sydney, who said despite her “shame and embarrassment” about being scammed she wanted to share her story to help others. Rose wanted to withhold her real identity in sharing her story, but is an educated, intelligent and respected professional who didn’t think it was possible she could have been sucked into a dating scam.

The divorcee said she met an attractive, divorced Norwegian man on dating website Plenty of Fish, who also lived in Sydney and had a daughter who lived in the UK with her mum.

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Louise is one of those cool young women. She is a successful and cultured year-old lawyer. She loves cycling, travelling and visiting art galleries. And enjoys internet dating. This week police warned single women to take care with dating websites after two women complained they had been sexually attacked by a man with the cyber name “Houndman”. They had both met him through a dating website and gone to his rural home outside Huntly on separate occasions. He will reappear in Huntly District Court next month on rape and sexual violation charges.

But despite the risks cyber dating can pose, attractive young women like Louise insist the internet not the preserve of freaks and geeks but a fun and efficient way of meeting a potential boyfriend – if sensible precautions are taken. And Louise is not alone. One New Zealand internet dating site saw an influx of members only four days into the New Year.

Trade Me’s Findsomeone site had a 30 per cent increase in online activity, taking its membership to more than a quarter of a million.

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NZDating’s been in the dating and romance business since We go to extra lengths to ensure that our service stays clean and safe and take all reports of misuse very seriously. In short, NZDating provides a comfortable, safe and fun environment for meeting others in your area from the comfort and safety of your home or workplace.

Several online dating apps have seen an increase in use since the lockdown began at midnight on March 25, the NZ Herald reports.

Conversations on dating app Tinder have increased on average by 20 per cent and lasted 25 per cent longer from February 20 to March 26, a Tinder spokesperson said. Dating app Bumble, where women make the first move, saw a 23 per cent increase in messages being sent around the world, and a 31 per cent increase in video calls from March 15 to March 29, a Bumble spokesperson said. New Zealand dating sites aren’t exempt, either, with Trademe-owned FindSomeone seeing a 54 per cent jump in messages being sent compared to two weeks ago.

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Kiwis increasingly turn to online dating apps for love amid Covid-19 lockdown

Online dating makes millions of love interests available to us at the touch of our fingertips. With a simple swipe or message, you can set yourself up on a date with someone within 24 hours. These websites and apps can make happiness seem so accessible when potential dates are available at the click of a button. But it turns out that such convenience can actually make us be sadder, reports the Daily Mail. Studies suggest that online dating and dating apps can make people feel more insecure about their appearance and bodies – and even become depressed.

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Dating apps: you’re either a true advocate, or you’ve never tried them because you’re one of those lucky ones who got in to your current relationship pre-Tinder. Regardless, there is something to be said for the luxury of lying in bed and looking for potential dates, instead of having to actually get dressed and go out. It’s easy, carefree and you don’t have to have three shots to pluck up your courage to talk to someone.

If you want to make a real go of it, however, you may want to start expanding your horizons beyond Tinder. There are plenty of alternatives being created, so there are plenty of options in your pursuit for true love. Ladies, this is your time to shine. Bumble is the ultimate “women make the first move” app. If you don’t actually want to talk to the guy, just swipe right on. If you’d rather just admire him, you can.

My experience: The first guy I started chatting to said I was the first person to chat with him.

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Think it’s hard for women to find love online? It’s far worse for men – just read their toe-curling tales about the dates from hell Brian Fletcher, 70, is a retired restaurant owner from Taunton, Somerset. Divorced with a grown-up son and daughter, he’s been single for 15 years. I would prefer to be in a wonderful relationship, I truly would.

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Isolation has been tough on single people around the globe — but after hearing this attempt at dating during quarantine, you might not feel so bad. Relationship columnist Jana Hocking told news. But I got there and he was the tiniest little nerd I ever met. It took five seconds and I knew, no. Hocking said the lockdown restrictions meant she had to embark on virtual dates with people she matched with on dating apps — which meant she could quickly weed out the ones she wasn’t interested in without wasting entire nights on dates that didn’t have a future.

After hitting it off over the phone with one match, they moved to video calls. We did Houseparty dates. It went really well and we had 10 dates,” she said, adding things turned sexual by the fourth call. They then organised a real life date at the guy’s apartment — and things didn’t go as well as they did in the virtual world.

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Forget online dating apps, a Kiwi bloke has resorted to an old-school newspaper ad in his quirky quest to reconnect with a woman who captivated him at an air show. On Friday Richard attended the Wings Over Wairarapa airshow but instead of his attention focused on the action in the air, his eyes were drawn to an appealing, long red-haired woman he struck up a conversation with. After meeting Wendy and making a connection, his mystery woman soon disappeared into the night. Despite having a golden ticket to Saturday’s show, Richard’s effort to find Wendy failed.

But in a bid to reunite with Wendy, Richard decided to post an ad in a Wellington newspaper in the hope she’d come forward. I would really like to meet you again – coffee perhaps?

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Facebook Dating, a matchmaking service the company already offers in Brazil, Canada and 17 other countries, arrives in the US on Thursday. But after years of privacy missteps by the social network, will people trust it with their love lives? For a company that’s also developing its own digital currency and dabbling in e-commerce, love is another step toward reaching into all aspects of human existence. Although many features resemble what other matchmaking services offer, Facebook’s version promises to be different, just as Tinder brought swiping and Bumble brought female-first messaging.

Your Facebook Dating profile will be separate from your main one, but it will let you tap your network of friends to identify “secret crushes. Facebook Dating, a mobile-only service that’s free to use and free of ads, can still help Facebook make money if it keeps people glued to its other services longer. Tell that to Seth Carter, 32, an engineer from Terre Haute, Indiana, who tried a host of dating apps ranging from Match to Bumble, Tinder and Christian Mingle prior to his current relationship.

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Having tapped my fingers on the table for far too long, pondering where my “special bloke” was, I decided to get proactive and head out into the wild and find him myself. I swiped left and right, got in contact with an ex or two and really threw myself back into the dating scene. Amazing how a looming birthday can make the need to find someone seem all that more urgent. And so it was that I found myself at a bar ordering the second cheapest red wine on the menu and chatting to a potential future boyfriend.

Now there is a reason you should never date when you’re “thirsty” and it’s simply because you tend to lower your standards a little. You settle for things that don’t work in your favour.

Online dating platforms often provide a safe space for racist attitudes. Alongside other dating apps, Grindr has a reputation for sexual racism.

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