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1 in 5 Filipinos Stopped Dating During the Pandemic: Survey

Nothing says romance like 11 months in lockdown.
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One in five Filipinos has stopped dating altogether since the pandemic began, according to YouGov data. Looks like Zoom dates aren't really all that appealing.

While 20% of the 1,012 Filipinos surveyed opted to not date at all, around 22% have been dating less. Another five percent have been spending less time on dating apps now than before.

But it's not all bad news. Around 20% of respondents are actually going on more dates or have starting going on dates since the pandemic began, and 14% are spending more time on dating apps. An additional 5% have been going on more physical dates than before (not sure how they're managing that, but no judgement here).


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If you don't relate to any of the results, you might relate to this: 25% of respondents said they didn't date before the pandemic and still don't. Not even a global pandemic could change their single status.

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The dating app that reigns supreme during the pandemic is Tinder with around 23% of respondents downloading it, followed by Grindr, Bumble, and OkCupid.

The YouGov data paints a mixed picture of online dating in the Philippines. While some are investing more time in online dating, almost the same amount are no longer interested in spending time swiping left and right.

Still, one thing is pretty sure: faith in dating apps is still not all that high. Only 23% of respondents agreed with the statement "dating apps improve my chances to find the right partner for me." Over a quarter (28%) disagreed with that sentiment.

As for the remaining 50%? Well, they're undecided whether dating apps even work at all.

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