After nearly two years of pandemic restrictions that have kept people apart and made it difficult to form relationships, many are re-entering the dating scene.
In some cases, loneliness encouraged people to make finding a mate a priority; in others it is only part of the return to normal life.
“The first connection is a whole thing where you first have to judge someone on their potential to form a bond or connection,” says author and philosophy professor Carrie Jenkins.
“Ultimately, we make these decisions very quickly.”
But has dating changed since spring 2020? Can it go back to the way it was pre-COVID? And what makes it so difficult to make connections in a city like Vancouver?
CBC’s Jeremy Ratt Explores the Vancouver Dating Scene on His Radio Series Summer Crush.
How has dating changed?
The COVID-19 restrictions of the past two years made it nearly impossible to meet potential partners, and some people felt comfortable being alone. So, how do people get back into meeting new people?
At the coast9:46Summertime Crush: What’s Changed in Vancouver’s Dating World?
At the coast4:59Summertime Crush: Talking to Vancouverites About the Dating Scene
Making meaningful connections
Carrie Jenkins, professor of philosophy and author of Sad Love: Romance and the Search for Meaning, explains how to make new, meaningful connections and how to make old connections feel new and exciting again.
At the coast11:21Summertime Crush: Making Meaningful Connections
It’s not uncommon to hear from Vancouver singles that the dating scene is tough. A panel of matchmakers discuss the challenges of urban dating and how they help clients find ‘the one’.
At the coast8:21Summertime Crush: Brightening Up Your Dating Profile Photos
Profile pictures for online dating
Profile pictures are the first thing people see on dating apps and in some cases they can make or break a potential connection. Photographer Justin Veenema takes photos especially for dating apps.
At the coast13:07Summertime Crush: Matchmaker Panel
Date did what?
Vancouver writer Jill Sinclair says people aren’t “emotionally available,” and they are because they’re afraid of getting hurt.
Sinclair described her wild dating experience after the Vancouver divorce in her 2016 book Date did what?
At the coast9:33Summertime Crush: Author Jill Sinclair on Dating Boundaries
At the coast4:27Summertime Crush: Jill Sinclair’s Dating Story
Listeners come in
On The Coast listeners share their dating stories.
At the coast4:06Summertime Crush: Dating Stories From You
At the coast2:26Summertime Crush: I hear more dating stories from you!