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Hookups Go Virtual in the COVID Age

With the coronavirus pandemic still raging full-on, many singles are learning to adjust to virtual relationships—and some of them are even finding advantages to the new reality.

John,* 31, and his now-ex-girlfriend broke up last December. Like many people fresh off of a breakup, he was heartbroken for a month. Eventually, he emerged from his mope-fest with a tactic often employed by the recently heartbroken: he decided to forget his sorrows by becoming a total slut

“I’d go out drinking with my single friends, and it felt like I was in college again. I’d pick up so many girls. Some of them I’d casually date, but most of the time they were one-night stands,” John fondly recalls to HUSTLERMagazine. “My body count in a few months was more than it was in my 20s.”

That, of course, was during what many of us now wistfully refer to as the Before Times. Then 2020 showed its true colors, COVID took the wheel, and Los Angeles, where John lives, was put in lockdown. John’s impressive fuck-streak came to an abrupt end. 

“Everything was closed, so I couldn’t meet women the way I used to,” John laments. “And the girls I met before the lockdown didn’t like me enough to risk COVID. I started to do online dating, but it took up a lot of time and seemed to never go anywhere. One girl suggested I do a Zoom date with her, but I thought the idea was lame.”

A few months after the March shutdown, John started to snag real-life dates again—albeit on a playing field that was considerably less fast and loose than he had become accustomed to. 

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