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You CAN Find Love Online In The Time Of The Coronavirus. Really.

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The stay at home order issued two weeks ago has disrupted many aspects of our lives. Including matters of the heart.

But should people try to find love in the time of the coronavirus?

The answer is YES, according to Damona Hoffman, a relationship expert and host of The Dates & Mates podcast. She says dating apps are actually seeing a surge in use, and new users are coming on line, too. So, she makes the case that there's never been a better time to find love online:

"I've been doing this for 15 years...and the real connections I find, develop when people take the time to get to know each other on a deeper level. So, I actually think this could be a really good thing for dating that it's forcing people to slow down to really listen, and to connect before they just swipe, swipe, swipe, go on a date, see what happens."

If you’re ready to take the leap, she says "you have to create a great profile that really draws the right people." Hoffman recommends:
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"The three C's, to draw in the dates. So, it's color, context and character. Color to really stand out. Context to tell what your life story is, what you like doing when you can actually leave your house and character, that's showing your personality and that's the one that most people miss."

And, yes, there are some "don'ts" too:

"Do not spend too much time over text, especially now that the end goal is not even meeting in person just yet. It's just to move to a video date. You have to get get to that point more quickly because a lot of misunderstanding can happen when you're just sending text back and forth."

So there you have it, you can find love in this time of the coronavirus. You can listen to more of Damona's conversation with Take Two's A Martinez.

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