Tori, 21, was willing to go out, but can’t help but wonder at the pointlessness of it all.

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Tori, 21, was willing to go out, but can’t help but wonder at the pointlessness of it all.

The viral disaster which has smothered the planet in a shroud of uncertainty since March 2020 has driven a six-foot wedge between us. We millennials, born on the doorstep of the internet, are figuring out what do to next from the safety of our smart phones.

Online dating has become more popular than ever. It offers the emotional periscope many folks are looking for. I signed up for Tinder, Grindr, and Hinge in order to measure San Diego’s fears, principles, and loves, given the discouraging hand covid has dealt us.

Swiping right until I am forbidden from doing so for 24 hours yielded matches and conversations with young adults regarding their 2020 dating strategies.

Neil, 23 and from Ramona, described a sort of long con. He’s “looking for friends, dates, and partners” and “building connections for when [he] can eventually meet them.” He has faith in the dating apps to do the heavy lifting and facilitate that attachment, though he hasn’t given Hinge’s “Date from Home” video feature a shot yet.

Kaison, 20, had just clocked out of work when we spoke. He seemed to share the same hesitations about face-to-face interactions as Neil, but he’s actually elected to try
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