Something in the air is changing and it's not just the weather —goosebumps are covering your body without a hand to hold.
Cuffing season is upon us. You know, when single students are ready to hunker down in a committed relationship until spring comes again.
COVID-19 has hindered the dating world, as it has been nearly impossible to go on adventurous outings and spend time with significant others. Still, students have not let that stop them, as many have continued relationships virtually and began using online dating apps.
Connected through mutual friends, senior Dante Spado, decided he would shoot his shot by sliding into his now-girlfriend's direct messages in July.
“For me, it felt more okay to slide into the DMs because everyone is doing everything online anyways, so I will say that the pandemic made it a little easier to get the ball rolling,” Spado said.
Online dating has become a new normal compared to older generations. Spado said he understands that it may be looked down upon by them, but it is common for students today.
“Now that we are able to see each other, there is a tighter bond because transitioning something from online to the real world is cool,” Spado said.
First-year Luke Francis said he uses apps like Tinder and Grindr to connect with other students in hopes of meeting in person once it is safe to do so.
“I was going to have a predominantly LGBT suite, so I was really disappointed that it didn't pan out," Francis said. "In high school, it was hard to have a lot of LGBT friends, and I was really hoping to connect with other LGBT people at UNC on a friendship level rather than strictly romantically."