Plenty Of Fish Investigates Virtual Dating and Anxiety

Plenty Of Fish has surveyed 2,000 of its users to find out more about the relationship between dating and anxiety, as well as investigating how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting mental health.

The ‘Pressure Points: Dating from a Distance’ report found that 84% of singles believe feeling anxious is normal and relatable.

They also consider dating and relationships to be one of the biggest contributors to their experiences of anxiety, even more so than doing their taxes, their job and taking part in elections.

Over the past couple of months, the majority of people around the world have been forced to participate in social isolation measures. Technology is one of the main ways that they’re looking after their mental health by staying in contact with friends and family.

Plenty Of Fish’s Global Head of Marketing Stefan Harvalias said in a statement: “Technology has been crucial in helping single people stay connected during social isolation.

“Our insights show that members are spending more time on Plenty of Fish, and 1 in 5 have used our new Live! video chat feature.”

The dating platform released its own live streaming feature midway through March earlier than was originally planned. It allows users to continue to have face-to-face conversations and participate in virtual dates.

Most of the Plenty Of Fish community are taking social distancing regulations seriously, with 95% of the respondents saying they have isolated at some point in the last three months. Almost 80% also added they would not date someone who wasn’t taking the restrictions seriously.

Read the full report here.

Dominic Whitlock

Dominic is the Editor for Global Dating Insights. Originally from Devon, England he achieved a BA in English Language & Linguistics from The University of Reading. He enjoys a variety of sports and has a further passion for film and music.

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