Bloomberg Businessweek

Wanna Date? Don’t Come Near Me

• Dating apps are discouraging physical meetings and suggesting virtual hookups instead

Stephane, a 32-year-old financier in Manhattan, recently updated his Bumble profile to read: “Healthy male with a strong immune system and robust Purell supply.” A potential partner quickly shot back: “Tell me your secret—how did you get a robust Purell supply? I had to fight a woman at the grocery store for a can of tuna.” It was good to hear from another human being, but Stephane never responded. Because, well, Covid-19.

Even as the coronavirus ushers in a fraught new era of online dating, millennials—trapped under indefinite work-from-home policies and banned from bars—have stepped

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