The latest National Census poll shows the United States hosts more than 19 million single-parent households. And well, most of these parents would like to meet someone special— like a soul mate.
Single-parent families have their unique set of problems and Coronavirus may have caused further turmoil.
Even so, nature has pushed many parents to look for partners online despite a public health crisis. Perhaps that’s enough proof that even though COVID-19 stole everything from us, not even the resultant shelter-in-place restrictions can bottle human emotion; the natural urge to love and be loved.
With limited to no movement, your chances of meeting someone else are almost zero. But in a tech-savvy world, you can still meet people and engage them via online dating sites, social media sites and video chat platforms.
The New York Times interviewed single parents who’ve made a shot at love amid a crisis and the findings will inspire you.
Lisa Carson is mom to a 7-year-old, and single. Her chase for love kicked off naturally when a pal spotted a single father in a Zoom meeting, and encouraged her to reach and plan a linkup.
“I was on a long 6-hour call concerning the plan for our school when I noticed this soft-spoken man, speaking,” says Susan Lenner, a Cake baker and the pal who inspired Lisa to reach out. “He sounded nice and when he hinted he was single, Lisa came into my mind and I thought, “why not?”
But Lisa isn’t the only one searching. Since COVID-19 began in March, the count of single dads and moms frequenting internet dating platforms has surged significantly according to representatives from various sites and app providers.
Match.com has recorded a 10 percent rise in single-parent signups, Elite has announced a 5 percent increase while Hinge has seen an increase to around 10 percent.
Not even the fear of a deadly infection stopped single moms and dads from pursuing relationships.
“My mommy said, ‘Isn’t it too risky, why not lay low now and not date until COVID-19 goes away?” said Victoria Mooradian, a single mom of two and a San Fran. Recruiter. “But in truth, waiting seems so awkward. After all, we’re all locked-in-place and it would be excellent to meet someone I’d like to quarantine with.”
But Social psychologist Sara Konrath, Ph.D., isn’t shocked at this increasing among single moms and dads to find love.
“Currently single moms and dads are overloaded with tasks like parenting, organizing remote learning, working from home and so on,” said Dr. Konrath. “There’s no time to go out and have fun. All they do is ponder over what matters to their lives and how to change it.”
Author Bio: Blair Thomas has been a music producer, bouncer, screenwriter and for over a decade has been the proud Co-Founder of eMerchantBroker, the highest rated online dating merchant account provider in the country. He has climbed in the Himalayas, survived a hurricane, and lived on a gold mine in the Yukon. He currently calls Thailand his home with a lifetime collection of his favorite books.