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College students set up blind dates on Zoom amid coronavirus

'Scared of social isolation? Fear not, zoom will keep us together.'

Mar 12, 2020, 5:59 pm

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Mikael Thalen 

Mikael Thalen

College students are attempting to find love amid the coronavirus outbreak over video conferencing platform Zoom.

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A Facebook group used by college students, known as the “Ivy League Meme Consortium,” posted a link this week to a Google Docs form for anyone interested in meeting new people while isolated at home.

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Titled “Love over Zoom,” the form asks participants to provide basic information that will help pair them “with a potential partner or new friend.”

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The blind dates, which will take place this Friday at 6pm ET, are specifically for college students with college emails.

“Scared of social isolation? Fear not, zoom will keep us together,” the form states. “We’ll send you your first blind date this Friday at 6PM.”

Users are asked to enter, among other things, their names, emails, and schools as well as whether they’d like a date or merely a new friend.

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A FAQ for the service states that the concept was put together by Patrycja Gorska and Ileana Valdez, two junior computer science majors at Yale University.

“We’re missing out on prime relationship building time by being isolated,” the FAQ adds.

College students interested in participating have until 2pm ET on Friday to apply. Prior to launch, users will be emailed Zoom links. If that doesn’t work out, several backup plans are in place.

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“If Zoom restricts us because they’re a paid service, we’ll create Google Hangout links,” the FAQ adds. “If that all starts to crash and burn, we’ll email you who you were matched with.”

Thus far, around 672 students have signed up. Following the blind dates, users will be presented with a survey to see whether the endeavor was a success.

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*First Published: Mar 12, 2020, 5:59 pm