Online dating could save singles over £ 3,000 compared to IRL dating

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Lockdown 3.0 might not be the best time to be single, but at least it could save daters money for their troubles.

Ocean finance did some calculations and found that the virtual meet could save £ 3,224 per year compared to IRL dates.

Assuming daters would buy things like a new outfit (£ 52), theater tickets (£ 140), drinks (£ 36) and a cab home (£ 15) for a pre-pandemic date, the average cost per date could be around £ 300 – although yes, it is of a fairly large estimate.

The average dating has around 13 dates per year which means if they go on these fancy dates they would spend around £ 3,900 in 12 months.

Don’t think you’re safe just because your date is dinner or a drink. Even if you only spend £ 30 on a date, if you hit the dating scene hard and go out once a week, that’s £ 1,560 a year.

Meanwhile, even at the extreme of expense, virtual dating can cost you a lot less than IRL dates.

At the most you can expect to spend £ 52 per date, assuming you buy a take-home meal (£ 10), supermarket cocktails (£ 6) and a new top (£ 26), as this is all that can be seen on a standard video call.

A more conservative estimate might be £ 20 per virtual date, just for food and drink (because really, who buys a new top for each Zoom session?).

They also compared and included the cost of 20 popular dating apps and sites, and found the average cost of a membership to be £ 139 per year.

Sarah Neate, editor-in-chief of Ocean Finance, said: “While these weird times may have made singles think it’s hard to meet ‘the one’, there are still some bright spots to be virtually come out.

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On the one hand, the lockdown has increased the desire of many singletons to make an authentic connection and made people take more serious action when looking for love in the lockdown. In our study, we found that 42% of singles like that it’s easier to end a virtual date if it doesn’t go well.

“ However, our virtual dating not only saves singles time, but also money. Before the pandemic, the average date in the theater costs £ 300, including a new outfit, dinner, drinks and a cab ride home. Even a less sumptuous cinema and dinner would cost £ 178 considering the extra costs above, which are often overlooked.

“Our research revealed that the virtual version of these dates was much cheaper. Instead, you can watch Hamilton on Disney + or a new series on Netflix, buy a new top instead of a full outfit, change the restaurant meal to a supermarket dinner, and swap cocktails at a bar for cash. premixed versions. In total, this date is significantly cheaper at around £ 52 per date.

“ So while the mere thought of meeting on a date for the first time via video chat might seem scary, it’s worth reminding yourself of the positives. Plus, once upon a time, finding a partner through a dating app seemed like an odd concept, but that stigma is far from over. This is now the norm.

If you really want to push the savings boat, you can easily choose to spend nothing at all on your virtual dates.

Many dating apps have free options, and the only things you need Payable To Date By Video (assuming you already have the laptop and / or phone you’ll need to take part in the calls) are your electricity and internet bills.

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Spending on IRL dates is also subjective, but overall you can at least expect to spend money on things like travel, food, and drink no matter where you go, so dating. virtual always represent an opportunity to save money.

However, Ocean Finance also conducted a survey of 1,000 single people that showed that despite the savings, only one in 12 would continue to virtually go out when face-to-face dating is safe again.

This is not surprising when you consider all of the many benefits of meeting in person, including the actual physical contact and the ability to once again enjoy activities that don’t involve sitting in your own home.

However, for now, daters only have a choice between video calling and exercising with another person, so they have no choice but to save.

At the very least, the money you save on dates now could be used for unusually cool dates in the future.

While virtual dating doesn’t entirely replace face-to-face dating once the pandemic has passed, the occasional virtual date could still be a great way to save money when the lockdown is over.

On top of that, having your first date (s) through Zoom is a good way to get to know / control yourself without having to meet in person.

If you have run out of ideas for Valentine’s Day, we have seven ideas for alternative virtual dates including creating your own cocktail recipe and practicing eye watching.

We have also compiled a list of 59 questions you can ask during a virtual date to keep the conversation flowing.

For more tips on saving money as well as discussing cash and alerts on offers and discounts, join the Facebook group, Money pot.

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