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Virtual dating in RGV increasing amid pandemic

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MCALLEN — Since the COVID-19 pandemic, online dating has increased.

OkCupid, a free on-line dating app, says activity on their app has skyrocketed.

Melissa Hobley, Chief Marketing Officer with Okcupid, says more people are dating virtually.

Hobley says nearly one in four app users from Texas have been on a virtual date, and a virtual date with an activity, is the date of choice in the RGV.

“People are getting so creative. I had one guy in the RGV who sent a pizza to his date, and a pizza to himself, so they could have their first date with a pizza, and a glass of wine,”  says Hobley

Hobley says we need that human connection that we are not getting during the quarantine and on-line dating is a great way to fill that void.

As we experience the pandemic together, Hobley says talking about it is a great way to break the ice.

Hobley says the surge in dating during the pandemic will change the way we interact but hopes the on-line dating romance continues.

“There is going to be a lot of love out there, when the world gets back to normal.”  says Hobley

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