Since the Covid-19 outbreak, many dating agencies have had to arrange virtual dates in place of outings to cafes or restaurants.
Singles are warming up to the idea as well. Popular United States-based mobile dating app Bumble, for instance, saw a 56 per cent increase in video calls from March to last month among its users from around the world.
Lunch Actually, an investee company of Abelco, is among the dating agencies that have turned to virtual dating.
Ms Violet Lim, chief executive and co-founder of Lunch Actually, says: “We’ve been using Zoom because it’s easy to use and relatively secure now due to the use of locked rooms and passwords. There is no need for both sides to reveal their e-mail or contact details as well because they need only the link to join the room.”
The dating agency first introduced virtual dates as an option for its members when Singapore raised its Disease Outbreak Response System Condition level to orange on Feb 7. Since the circuit breaker started, all of its dating arrangements have been virtual.
Lunch Actually was founded in Singapore in 2004 and has offices in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Thailand.