Socialising in the office is, by common consent, not what it once was for a variety of reasons. Relationships and romance in the office are nowadays, in many organisations, actively frowned upon and regulated or prohibited by employers without prior disclosure.
It is often said that, after university, the workplace is the most common place for graduates to meet their other halves, and anecdotally that seems to bear out.
Outside of work, most people under 30 are badly underhoused, in small flats in zones 2 and upwards. This makes it intrinsically unlikely that they will host social events where lots of people get to mix spontaneously be they a large dinner party or a flat or house party..
As an observation of the under 30 cohort in my shop - it is overwhelmingly female (as is the case in most firms) and most of them are not in a relationship, and don't live with a flatmate. No one seems to go to large social gatherings - socialising appears to be meeting 1, or 2 existing friends in a bar or restaurant.
Given the long hours associated with law, time for socialising outside of work is going to be limited and as noted above, socialising within work has changed significantly even before the pandemic.
So it is not immediately obvious how anyone in that position is likely to be able to change their situation and find a relationship if they do not already have one, other than via dating apps (and while that might work for romantic relationships, it isn't going to be a good way to make new friends)
What is the collective wisdom of ROF?
Is it now harder for people to meet their significant others, or make new friends, in real life?
If so, isn't that a bit fvcking sh1tty?