‘I am embarrassed to admit that I miss dating so much’

Ask Roe: ‘My friends don’t take me seriously when I say it’s affecting my mental health’

Dating is and always will be about hope. And at a time when we all need it more than ever, you’ve lost a huge, consistent source of hope. Photograph: Getty Images

Dating is and always will be about hope. And at a time when we all need it more than ever, you’ve lost a huge, consistent source of hope. Photograph: Getty Images

Dear Roe,

I’m a 34-year-old woman and I’m finding Covid and lockdown extremely difficult for a reason that I feel a bit embarrassed about: I really miss dating. I have been single for about three years, with some flings and casual relationships during that time, and have been quite happy with this. I’ve been focusing on my career and my mental health so I wasn’t actively looking for a serious relationship (though I wasn’t closed off to the idea if someone incredible came along).

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