Smooth Singles: How to date online and make friends during coronavirus lockdown

23 April 2020, 15:26

Smooth Singles: How to date online and make friends during coronavirus lockdown
Smooth Singles: How to date online and make friends during coronavirus lockdown. Picture: Getty

By Rory O'Connor

In light of the recent government requirements around COVID-19 coronavirus, it’s not currently possible to go on real life dates.

However, just because we’re all practicing social distancing, it doesn’t mean that we can’t be social online. Now more than ever, connecting and communicating is of vital importance.

Smooth Singles is the perfect place to get to know new friends, whether you’re interested in dating or simply looking to connect with like-minded people. All you need to do is register a profile, writing a bit about yourself and your interests, add a photo and then see who “matches” you.

Our customer service team can help give you advice if you get stuck on what to write or which photo to choose, and our secure email system means you don’t have to exchange contact details with someone until you feel comfortable in doing so.

To help you get started, we’re giving all new joining members of Smooth Singes a free 1 month membership (No payment card necessary) if you join before 11th May 2020 and complete a valid profile (including picture).

Once you’ve found some people you’d like to connect with, (or even date!) there are lots of different ways you can start getting to know people online whilst social distancing is in place…

Here are some ideas for you, once you’ve decided to swap numbers!

  1. Have a virtual coffee

    Meeting up for a coffee is a first date favourite, giving you the opportunity to have a brief one-to-one without the pressure of signing up to spending hours together. Using a video calling app such as Whatsapp or Facetime you can sit down together with a cuppa and have a nice chinwag. The latte might not be as good as you’d get in your favourite cafe, but you’ll have a great opportunity to get to know each other a bit better.

    Have a virtual coffee
    Have a virtual coffee. Picture: Getty
  2. Watch a film together

    Watching a film together is a favourite early date of ours, because it gives you something to focus on and talk about that isn’t each other. This removes the pressure and eases nerves so you can relax in each other’s company. Normally we’d suggest a trip to the cinema, which isn’t possible at the moment, but luckily we live in the age of streaming so there are plenty of great films online for you to share. The Google Chrome extension Netflix Party makes streaming together easy by syncing playback and giving you the option to add a chat window.

  3. Have an online games night

    Games are another great way to spend time together and make conversation without just staring at each other via a video screen. Old favourites such as ScrabbleDrawful(basically Pictionary) and Bridge are available, but there are plenty of others to play together that you might not have come across like Quiplash, or, if you fancy something less competitive, Stardew Valley.

    Have an online games night
    Have an online games night. Picture: Getty
  4. Go to a museum or gallery together

    Museums and galleries have been forced to close their doors to visitors, but many are offering culture lovers the opportunity to visit them online. This means you can visit far flung places you’ve only dreamed of, all from the comfort of your own home, from the Australian National Surfing Museum to the Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico. Google Arts and Culture offers a peek into many famous museums, as well as beautiful national parks the world over. It’s the perfect way to plan the places you want to visit (perhaps together!) when you can travel again.

  5. Make dinner together

    You can’t cook for one another in real life so why not make the same meal at the same time and eat together? Access to the shops is limited so it might have to be a basic pasta and sauce, but the experience of doing something together will be as lovely as ever. And if you’re competitive types, you can see which one turns out best and try to top the other person’s meal next time.

    Make dinner together
    Make dinner together. Picture: Getty

So, you see, social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation - Getting to know someone virtually now means you’ll be ready to meet up in real life as soon as the restrictions end. 

We hope you enjoy using the service and trying out our virtual date ideas. Let us know how you get on!