Dating during the pandemic

We recently created an Instagram poll to see how dating had changed for people in 2020, and 76% of those who took part said dating during the pandemic had changed significantly, with 68% saying it had changed for the worse, rather than their experiences being impacted positively.  Modern dating is completely unrecognisable from what it was 10 years ago and for many of us, dating in the 21st century has become an on-line rendition of snakes and ladders. One minute your climbing up a couple of ladders and believe that you are making good progress, the next minute you are trying to dodge a snake bite after being sent a *ick pic within two minutes of saying “Hi”.  

The pandemic has drastically changed the world of dating, between lockdowns and social distancing, we have had to learn to slow down and rethink how we get to know each-other. Dating apps have remained popular throughout the year, many have even increased in popularity.  As part of our research, people shared how they had had to come up with more creative dates to abide by social distancing rules, plus having the advantage of more time whilst on furlough from work. These included picnics, walks spent getting to know one another, and little garden get togethers, taking us back to a different era of dating, before the default option was an evening meeting in a bar over drinks.  Although there were a few success stories, the general consensus of dating during the pandemic was that people got bored, chat fizzled out, or people got put off by conversation quickly turning to ‘sexting’ and being asked to exchange sexual images.

Being stuck in strict lockdowns, working from home or abiding by the rules of strict restrictions about who we can and can’t meet has brought a strong sense of isolation and loneliness for many singles, and early on in the year memes started to circulate reminding people that loneliness is not a good enough excuse to reach out to a toxic ex. This also raises the questions: 

  • Could some of the new connections we have made this year stem from a place of mutual loneliness, instead of something organic? 
  • Will new connections be able to go the distance when the world returns to normal? 
  • Are we looking for personal validation due to a decrease in intimacy?

These are all questions we will be asking our dating panel at the end of January. Here at SLAP we have handpicked a panel of “experts” from the world of dating and want you to join us to discuss the good, the bad and the damn right ugly, in the world of dating.

We are hosting this virtual event in the hope of gathering an honest reflection of exactly what YOU would want from a face to face dating experience in the future, so we can cater it to you and your needs, and create something completely unique and exciting to take place when the pandemic is over. Be sure to follow us on Instagram @s.l.a.p_events to get the latest news and updates on our future events. We can’t wait to see you there, and until then, we are wishing you a very happy and healthy new year.

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2020 round up of events

It is undeniable that the pandemic has had a catastrophic effect on the world of events. With lockdowns happening globally, bringing the industry to a complete halt,  and even post lockdown with social distancing enforcements and venues having to half their capacities, it’s been a tough and unprecedented year for the industry. We saw big changes and cancellations across the board – none of our beloved English music festivals were able to go ahead, weddings were cancelled, sporting events were held with a limited audience and corporate events have been held virtually or not at all. But we have seen some areas of the industry able to adapt to these difficult circumstances. 

In the summer, some city’s fashion weeks invited celebrities and designers to join them virtually for the shows that were able to go ahead, with their teams following social distancing. YouTuber Emma Chamberlain, based in Los Angeles California, blogged her experience of virtually attending the Louis Vuitton show in Paris fashion week earlier this year, see her video here  https://youtu.be/MqSax6f0C_U

Kurt Geiger the luxury shoes and accessories brand, usually hold a conference at their head office in London for senior team members and branch managers to come and  see the launch of the new seasons designs, a day looked forward to by all. This year the company pre recorded their launch with the new seasons products, following social distancing, and allocated the branch managers a paid half day off to watch and enjoy the footage at home.

Lady Gaga organised a live-streamed concert in association with the world health organisation and Global Citizen, back in April. The eight  hour concert raised $127m for key workers on the front line in the height of the pandemic, and was a welcomed replacement for our much loved live music events that were unable to happen this year. The musicians that  performed from their own homes while in lockdown included Billie Eilish, The Rolling Stones, Elton John and Taylor Swift, as well as appearances by celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama. 

NASA and Space X had a big event this year, that thankfully was able to go ahead. The Space X Falcon 9 launched 2 NASA crew into orbit, where it chased the international space station until it was able to dock, before returning to earth. The rocket was the first commercial, partly reusable vehicle to be launched into space, marking an exciting new era of space travel.

Arguably the biggest and most important event of the year was the Black Lives Matter movement. This was not a pre planned event that was always due to happen, but rather an enormous and incredibly important social justice movement in response to the unnecessary and brutal murder of George Floyd by police in Minnesota USA. Millions of people came together in cities and towns all over the world to march for the rights of people of colour, in a stand against racism, inequality and police brutality. The footage was incredibly heart warming and emotional to watch, and it marked a turning point for the lives and rights  of people of colour globally, and a new era of acceptance and equality for all. After an extremely difficult and painful year for many, the sight of millions of people all around the world coming together and standing against prejudice and hatred was a huge ray of light and gave many of us the feeling the future will be bright beyond the pandemic. Beyond the marches people took to social media, not just to show their respect to George and his family, but to educate themselves and one another about black history.

With Christmas practically here, your corporate Christmas parties and end of year award ceremonies may be looking very different this year. Depending on the tier your area is in and the size of your company, socially distanced gatherings may not be an option and you may have to move your celebrations to be virtual. Whatever your event plans are for the upcoming festive season and the new year, we are here to support you and help you come up with unique ideas that will work for you, your company and your teams. We can’t wait to work with you and wish you all the very best for Christmas and a much brighter 2021.

Written by Sophia Bailey

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The Future of Events During and Post COVID

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The Future of Events During and Post COVID

Covid has caused catastrophic impacts across the entertainment industry. From landmark theatre closures, permanent club closures through to multi-billion-pound film productions being cancelled. The loss is monumental and one which will take decades to recover from. However, as history has shown the human race has once again shown great courage and adapted in order to survive.
We have seen the use of social media platforms more than quadruple in use. International connectivity has surged via the means of providers such as Zoom. Corporate companies have adapted their virtual presence via platforms such as Teams. The global digital transformation in 2020 has been one of the most rapid growths this generation has witnessed to date. This versatility has enabled those who are willing and able, to survive via the use of virtual tools.
Is this the future for events? Will we ever be able to host seminars in person, organise corporate parties or attend another festival in our lifetime?
How to make your events Covid safe and compliant?
What to do if you need to postpone?
What does the future of events hold?

Stay tuned for more…

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