Popular dating series Love is Blind – which is an experimental reality show on Netflix that sees singletons trying to find their matches and hopefully fall in love without ever seeing each other in person – seems to have inspired a virtual “dating show”.
Despite the plethora of online dating apps available, roommates Thi Q Lam (27) and Rance Nix (28) from New York decided to up it a notch by creating an Instagram love-reality show titled Love Is Quarantined, Washington Post reports.
“Everyone’s in their house, really bored, they’re out of work, out of a job, really sad,” Thi explained, referring to the lockdown measures that were put in place recently amid the coronavirus outbreak.
After setting up an Instagram page for their virtual dating show which received thousands of new followers, the duo set up a Google doc spreadsheet with the cells representing “pandemic pods”.
The contestants who sign up are randomly matched for a date which is a phone call that lasts only for one night, NY Times reports. This is known as a “season”.
When a “season” between two contestants has been concluded, feedback videos are shared onto the Instagram page for users to recap on the date.
“Some of the dates went really well,” Rance said.
“Some of these couples were talking on the phone for over an hour. We’d text to check up on them, and they were still talking.”
The platform, which is LGBTQ+ friendly, is aimed at lifting people's spirits around the world by virtually connecting them so they feel less isolated.
“Any way we can lift spirits, that’s what we’re here for at the end of the day,” Rance added.
As it stands Love Is Quarantined currently has 400 contestants, who hope to feature in season two.