video dating: the new normal in courtship

Zoom meetings aren’t the only thing inspiring singles to comb their hair from the couch. But don’t assume video dates are just a phase. With a new-found desire to figure out the vibe before meeting IRL, it’s likely this new dating step is here to stay. 

of all the singles who video dated during the pandemic: 

  • 56% felt romantic chemistry while video chatting 
  • 59% had more meaningful conversations while video chatting
  • 68% used video dating to determine if they wanted an IRL date with them
  • 65% felt that video chatting made them like their date more (while 54% felt that video chatting made them like their date less)
  • 50% fell in love during a video date
  • 69% said they would do it again
It’s not all talk

If you think video dating just means awkwardly staring at each other through the phone, it’s time to shake things up.


Singles across every demographic agreed their favorite video date activity was having a drink together (38%).

And when they aren’t sharing a virtual cheers:
  • 32% of video daters shared a meal together
  • 27% of singles were open to playing a game together
  • 11% of singles were interested in working out together
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We surveyed 5,000 singles across the nation this August, with the help of our friends at Dynata and trusty experts like Dr. Helen Fisher and Dr. Justin R. Garcia. Our participants were from all ages, ethnicities, incomes and walks of life. The result? Singles in America. And now, in its 10th year, we have surveyed over 50,000 singles nationwide making up the most comprehensive study on singles EVER.

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