Dating at the Jersey Shore was never easy, to begin with, and it's even harder now that we're in a mostly post-pandemic world.

After a little over a year with hardly any contact with anyone from outside our own social circles, trying to connect with a stranger in public feels awkward. Earlier this week, I went to the Beachcomber with some friends, and there were some pretty cute guys there. And it felt like I had to relearn how to act "am I supposed to look at them? Help, what does my arm do?"

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And don't even get me started on dating apps - they always felt like the most unnatural thing in the world to me, and we were forced to rely on them when we were stuck at home. To me, it almost feels like shopping for people - how can you decide whether you want to meet up with someone based on a profile with hardly any information on it? We also need to still take Covid-19 precautions seriously, so do you ask a person if they've been vaccinated? Is it rude to essentially screen someone for symptoms before the night starts?

If you're single, how do you plan on dating in a pretty much post-pandemic world here at the Jersey Shore? I could use your help. I've never been one to be down about being single, and I'm a confident "I can do this on my own," kind of person. But, as a 29-year-old woman who is tired of watching everyone in her news feed get engaged, married, and or pregnant - I'm ready to head back into the dating world head-on.

We should all be allowed to take the year + that we missed out on life due to the pandemic off our age, right?

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