December 1, 2023

Athens News

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Dating During a Pandemic: For the Unvaccinated Only

The unvaccinated can connect with each other through a newly created social media dating page. As its founder explains, the new group aims to socialize those who do not want to be vaccinated.

It seems that humanity is now divided not only into races, according to skin color, nationality or property qualification, but also into new, global factors, for example, in relation to vaccination.

“There were discussions with friends, and we thought about taking such a step. It’s still in the beginning, we don’t know how things will go. At the moment, 200 people have registered in a week, of course, I don’t know if there are any connections between the participants,” the founder of the network said in an interview with the Greek TV channel Mega.

“This page is intended to introduce the unvaccinated and is obviously a consequence of the situation that exists especially during this time of lockdown for the unvaccinated, who are essentially locked in their homes, work-home, home-work. So the chances of meeting people who don’t know each other for relationships, be it friendships or companionship, have been greatly reduced,” said a member of the design team.

In fact, the founder of an unvaccinated-only dating group greets new members with the following message: “After all this, we live and learn. We want any of our contacts to be unvaccinated and no matter what happens… Good acquaintances!”.

When asked if this person is vaccinated, it will play a role in a new acquaintance, the participants answer: “I don’t know if this is the first reason I will judge a woman or a man, but it will also play a role, yes, at present. I would ask it, it would be one of the first questions I would ask, it would not be the only one, it would not be the one from which I would make my final judgment.

As we reported earlier, according to new nationwide survey, 21% of Greeks do not leave the house at all for entertainment or socializing.

Two years after the pandemic, both the mental/emotional health and social life of Greeks have been significantly affected. YouGov was conducted from December 21 to December 31, 2021 on a sample of 1,002 people aged 18 to 74.

The survey showed that 56% report their psychological state as “an unstable mood with many ups and downs (“mood changes by day”), 32% report a good psychological state (“this is a test, it will pass”), 12% state bad (“I’m worried, very afraid of how it will all end”).

Only one in ten Greeks (10%) have better mental health than they did two years ago, twice as many (21%) report worsening, while the rest (69%) report a similar condition.

For those who say their health is better than two years ago, the reasons are related to the new healthy habits they have acquired during the pandemic: better nutrition (61%), more health and prevention measures (48%), daily physical exercise such as walking or running (38%), healthy eating habits (33%), more/better sleep (29%) and less stress due to remote work (16%).

For those who state that their health is worse than two years ago, the reasons are both mental and physical: anxiety about the consequences of the pandemic (55%), poor mental health (50%), depression/loneliness (50% ), recent illness (30%), weight gain due to more food (29%), lack of exercise/fitness (16%), poor sleep (12%).

58% say their sociability is worse than it was in the pre-coronavirus era, 35% say it’s the same, and 7% say it’s better. Many people avoid leaving their homes to have fun at friends/relatives’ houses or for social gatherings at restaurants/cafes etc. The exception is young people who go out to have fun much more often.

One in five, that is, 21%, declare that they do not go out at all either to their homes or to entertainment establishments; 43% go to houses and places of entertainment selectively, in compliance with the measures; 29% go only to friends/relatives where there are few people; 7% say: “I go out and go everywhere / to everything, as I did before the pandemic.”

At the age of 18-24, this percentage reaches 24%, that is, for every fourth young person it is … like a pandemic does not exist. The corresponding figure is 12% for people aged 25-34, 6% for people aged 35-44, and only 3% for people over 45.


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