COVID Cupid: Finding ‘the one’ during a pandemic
EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — In a year of isolation comes the need for a companion. But how are you supposed to meet someone new during a global pandemic?
Whether it’s a romantic dinner out, an intimate nature walk or a zoom date, finding the one is on the minds of millions — even through a pandemic.
For most it takes months, even years, to find that special connection. But that wasn’t the case for one couple who met online in October and is already married.
“When we had our date, five minutes into the conversation he said, ‘you’re going to be my future wife,” said Debi Antosh.
And that’s exactly what happened, six weeks later. Debi and James Antosh met through the local match-making service called Love Brokers.
They matched on October 26, went on their first date the next day, and six days later via email, a proposal ended up in Debi’s inbox.
Simply put: “I love you. Will you marry me? With all my love, Jim.”
The woman behind the match is Suzanne Dante, the owner of Love Brokers. The personalized online dating service aims to bring singles together, as dating in the digital age is different, especially during COVID.
“They’re looking more at… Is this person truly compatible? Or, am I just looking at their picture? So, I think they look more at the relationship goals, their values and then they take it slower, and give that person a better chance,” Dante said.
CDC guidelines advise to avoid prolonged close contact with others who live outside your home. So, dating experts suggest virtual dates first, then determining your comfort level and getting a COVID test if things seem to get serious and you want to meet in person.