By now, we should know that the state of the “new normal” changes every few weeks. While the leisure spaces are beginning to open their doors to us in Phase 2, we’re also encouraged to keep outdoor activities to a moderate level. But this is by no means an excuse for you to go back into hibernation and avoid all forms of social interaction. And ladies, it’s time to get your game face on if you’re headed out for that “first” date.
Enter the awkward “first” date, a newfound phase in the long list of odd millennial-dating habits caused by Covid-19. When you’ve been cooped up for too long and hiding behind Zoom dates (where you can conveniently dim the lighting and chat in your pyjamas), having physical contact with your significant other can be intimidating. You’re suddenly experiencing all the things you felt on an actual first date months ago – getting anxious over the way you look and spending way too long fussing over petty things like eyeliner and a pair of jeans.
Angela Quek, a 26 year-old teacher, has fallen victim to this syndrome. “I don’t even know why I feel this way. I used to take 30 min to dress up, put on pull-face makeup, and didn’t even need to double-check my eyeliner,” she shares. “But yesterday, before my date, I actually took up a full hour to put on make-up and try different outfits. All I could think about was ‘What if he thinks I look different after not seeing me for so long?’”