The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a lot of changes to our lives, including how we date. Thanks to social distancing measures, online dating has become the new norm. Though virtual dates may lack the physical touch and intimacy of traditional dates, they offer an opportunity to get to know someone in a more in-depth, meaningful way. To keep the spark alive, here are some online dating ideas for these changing times.

1. Virtual Dinner
Cook your favorite meal, set the table, light some candles, and have a virtual dinner date. Share a recipe beforehand, or order takeout from the same restaurant to share a meal together. As you dine together, you can learn more about your likes and dislikes, talk about cooking experiences, share stories, and connect on a deeper level.

2. Watch a movie or TV Show
Pick out a movie or TV show you both have been wanting to watch, and cue it up on your favorite streaming service. You can start the movie or show at the same time, and watch together while chatting through messenger or FaceTime. You can also use the Netflix Party extension to synchronize playback and have a real-time chat function for an even more immersive experience.

3. Games Night
Get competitive and have a virtual game night. There’s a myriad of online games available, from classic board games to trivia, and even video games. You can play games such as Cards Against Humanity, Pictionary, Scrabble, or even video games if you’re both into gaming. A little friendly competition can be a fun way to get to know someone better while keeping the conversation flowing.

4. Take a Virtual Class
Take a virtual class in a subject you both find interesting, such as cooking, painting, or cocktail making. Many websites and companies offer virtual classes, or you can find free tutorials on YouTube. As you learn something new together, you can bond over shared interests and hobbies.

5. Online Scavenger Hunt
Arrange an online scavenger hunt, either by creating one yourself or finding one online. Use clues to send each other on an adventure to find something, whether it’s a physical object or something virtual. This can be a fun and unique way to spend some quality time together.

In conclusion, pandemic or not, online dating is here to stay, and it’s up to us to make the most of it by keeping the spark alive. With these ideas, virtual dating can be exciting and enjoyable too. So, don’t let physical distance discourage you from meeting new people and connecting with them in a meaningful way.