Like most people, you are probably required to respect social distancing because of the coronavirus pandemic, and you may even be in quarantine or self-isolation. During your forced isolation at home, it's understandable that you feel lonely and want to meet friends. Besides, you are no doubt single and ready to mingle with people, if only you had a place to go. Fortunately, meeting new people can be easier than you think.
Method 1 of 3: Find new people
Step 1. Use dating apps
Dating apps were commonly used to meet potential mates even before the coronavirus outbreak, and you may already have a profile. If not, download one or more dating apps and create your account. Then scroll through the profiles to find people who catch your eye.
You can try apps like Meetic, Tinder, Badoo, AdopteUnMec or Happn
Step 2. Find new friends
These days apps aren't just for dating online. You can connect to an application designed exclusively for finding friends. Download one or more and create an account in your name. Scroll through profiles to find people who have things in common with you.
Try an app like Girlfriends Out, ovs (Onvasortir), or Zanmie (only for women). You can also try Meetup, which sometimes offers virtual meetings that you can join
Step 3. Subscribe to other people on social media
As most social activity has gone digital, social media can be a great way to connect with other people while stopping the spread of coronaviruses. On Facebook, add people from the Know Yourself section or friends who comment on your mutual friends' posts. On Instagram, find the hashtags you like and follow the people you find interesting. You can also search for people to follow on Snapchat, Telegram, or even TikTok.
If someone approves your friend request or follows you back, it might be that they are open to a friendship
Method 2 of 3: Create a connection
Step 1. Send a message to a friend or potential partner
If you find someone you are interested in for a friendship or dating, send them a short, friendly message to say "Hello". Mention something you saw in their profile and ask them a question to start the conversation. If you send him a message on social media, let him know why you are contacting him to put him at ease.
- On a dating app, you can say “Hello, my name is Vanessa. I also like Arnaud Desplechin's films. Which do you prefer ? "
- On a friendly dating app, you can say “Hey, my name is Adrien. I see we have things in common. I just got the new Animal Crossing. And you ? "
- If you message someone on social media, say “Hi, I'm a friend of Ahmed's and I saw you commented a lot on his posts. I'm trying to make new friends to chat now that we're all socially distant. Would that interest you? "
Step 2. Chat daily with your new contacts
You most likely have some free time that you can use to get to know people. Message your new friends or potential partners throughout the day to help you build relationships. Ask them questions, tell them stories about you, and exchange funny memes.
- If you are trying to date someone, make a habit of sending them "Hello" and "Goodnight". Also tell him or her what you are doing at different times of the day so that he or she can get a feel for who you are.
- If you're looking to make friends, message the person in question to tell them funny stories, ask questions, or exchange silly memes. You can also talk to him about a common area of interest.
Step 3. Take turns asking 20 questions to get to know each other
One of the benefits of dating online is that you can have more intense conversations with each other, which will help you get to know each other better. Whether you're trying to date someone or make a friend, ask the other person if he or she would be interested in a series of 20 questions. If so, take turns asking and answering questions via chat or text message.
You can ask questions like "What is your dream job?" "," What would you do on your dream vacation? »,« What position would you like to occupy if you were on a mission on Mars? Or "What superpower would you like to have and why? "
Step 4. Communicate by video to meet face to face
When you both feel ready, set up a video chat to meet without being in the same room. Use a service like FaceTime, Skype, Facebook Messenger, or Zoom to communicate with each other. Treat it like a real date or a real date by dressing to go out.
Think of your video call as a real one-on-one meeting to make it feel normal. If you had to go out for a drink, suggest that each of you have a beer or a glass of wine. If you like going out for a coffee, make yourself a cup of coffee or a cup of tea
Step 5. Send yourself videos and photos
Normally, you'll introduce your new friend or partner to your pet, show them around your neighborhood, or take them to your favorite bars and restaurants. However, that sort of thing will have to wait until the coronavirus threat has passed. Instead, take photos or videos of your daily life and send them to the other person.
For example, you can take a picture of your coffee and open your journal to show him your morning ritual. You can also make a video of you walking around your neighborhood
Method 3 of 3: Appreciate the time spent together
Step 1. Watch the same movie or the same TV show
Chat with your new friend or potential partner about the shows you like. Pick something you both like and watch it at the same time. Talk about it by message or video call while watching it.
If you watch something that lasts a long time, the posts will probably be more relevant. You can send him messages like “Oh my God! can you believe it happened? "Or" I saw it coming, lol. "
Step 2. Organize a scavenger hunt together (but separately)
Together, create a list of “treasures” to find, trade lists or search the Internet for one. Then find the items on the list and take a picture of them. Send the photos to the person you're playing with to prove you've found the item. Compete with each other or try to complete the list together.
For example, your list might include items like those you can find while walking around your home and neighborhood: a bicycle, a flower, a cat, a fruit, a board game, a T-shirt with the image of a band, pajamas or holiday decorations
Step 3. Connect by video chat
Video chat isn't just for chatting! Plan activities for your calls to have fun together. Take turns looking for ideas for activities you can do. For example, you can:
- cook or dine together;
- have a cup of coffee or tea while chatting;
- drink a beer or a glass of wine;
- play a board game or an online game;
- take a virtual tour of a museum, such as the Van Gogh Museum or the Blue House.
Step 4. Create a Dating Group on Zoom, Discord, or Slack
You don't have to settle for one-on-one meetings, as it is possible to video chat in a group. Invite your current friends and people you've recently met to join a discussion group using a free service. Create a meeting, then send everyone a link to join. Here are some ideas of things you can try:
- have a drink together;
- play a role-playing game, a board game or an online game;
- making art or crafts together;
- read a play;
- start an online club for something like reading, wine tasting, recipe swapping, or knitting.
Step 5. Meet and stay at least 2m apart
After chatting with someone for a while, you may think you are now ready to meet them. Try to schedule an outdoor date in a safe location, such as a local park. Go for a walk together, have a picnic, or just sit and chat.
- For example, you can have take out for a picnic. Sit on separate blankets so you can chat and have lunch together safely. Be sure to use hand sanitizer before eating.
- For safety, avoid benches, picnic tables and playground equipment where germs can proliferate.
although it is safe to go out, you should stay at least 2m away from anyone who does not live under your roof. Avoid all physical contact when meeting outdoors for safety.
Step 6. Arrange a home meeting
In general, it is best to wait for the threat of the coronavirus to dissipate before making home visits. However, it is possible that the pandemic will last 18 months or more, in which case you may decide to invite the person you are dating to dinner or participate in a fun activity. When the two of you are ready, enjoy dinner, a movie or a game night with each other.
It's best to wait until you're sure you want to establish a relationship with someone before inviting them
be careful when you receive someone in your home or visit them. With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, home visits are best left scarce if you plan to make them. Also, make sure the other person takes COVID-19 seriously and takes precautions, such as washing their hands.
- If you are dating someone right now, treat your relationship like a long distance relationship until they are sure to meet you in real life.
- Link to a virtual meeting on a site like Zoom, Discord, or Slack. Then post the link on your social media accounts to see who is connecting. You will no doubt meet some new friends!