Though much of campus has returned home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UNC students aren't letting the romance go from their lives — and many have found ways to stay connected while socially distancing.
Some students have turned to dating apps to meet new people.
Krissy Thompson, a junior anthropology major, said she downloaded the dating app Hinge due to boredom and having lots of time on her hands.
She said she started talking to a guy who asked if she’d want to go on a virtual tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in D.C. as a date. Thompson said she hesitated at first but ultimately had a good time.
“We’ve watched Netflix movies together on Zoom, and I’ll call him on Zoom just to hang out," she said. “The second date was online Uno and Scrabble.”
Gabby Lamb, a sophomore psychology and human development and family studies major, said she has enjoyed her experience online dating so far.
Because there is no opportunity to meet in person, she said she's had to meet people on a more emotional level.
Lamb said after social distancing, she is looking forward to pursuing her relationship in person.
“I think we’re both very antsy to see each other and hang out in person, and I wouldn’t say it’s getting boring,” she said. “I hope that these restrictions don’t cause things to fizzle out, and hopefully we can continue to communicate to the best of our ability. I think I definitely will end up meeting up with this person after quarantine restrictions end.”