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Every year new trends pop up: fashion trends, fitness trends, food trends, and of course dating trends. Whether you have had it with endless and unsuccessful dating apps or you are starting to think about dipping your foot into the dating pond after the end of a relationship, the following are six dating trends that will govern the way men and women find love in 2022.
Dating - the past two years have had many people
reassessing their relationship when it comes to alcohol consumption while
dating. The networking app Bumble found that 34 percent of global daters are
now more likely to consider going on a ‘dry date’ than they were during the
pre-pandemic phase, and 29 percent of Americans surveyed believe that societal
norms around drinking and dating are shifting. Now that we think of it, a nice
latte date followed by a chilly stroll through the park does not sound too
2. Hesidating -
Was first coined by the dating app Plenty of Fish in its fifth annual list of
Dating Trends, and means, “Feeling indifferent about dating, unsure if you want
to date seriously or casually because life, in general, is so uncertain right
now. While some celebrity couples have recently hopped into new relationships
quickly and with certainty, 70 percent of singles say hesidating is a very real
thing,” explains the experts at POF. Single people are mirroring the
uncertainty of the world in general in their dating lives, leading to
reluctance to put themselves out there. After nearly two years of almost
indescribable confusion, many are clinging to the things that are most secure
and safe in our lives. Wading back into the dating pool would introduce a level
of disquiet, which can be scary. However, here is the thing: Opening yourself
up to dating again does not have to be scary.
Apps for All Ages - You are never too old to find love.
Just refer to Google searches for ‘dating apps for older people,’ which have
grown by a whopping 3,500 percent in the past few months. Though older singles
can (and should) use sites and apps like Match, OKCupid, Bumble, or Hinge, it
is also worth exploring the set of services geared specifically toward more
mature folks, namely Silver Singles, OurTime, or SeniorMatch.
4. Proud Singlehood - Though quite the opposite of a dating trend, it is worth pointing out that Bumble also predicts a rise in what they are calling a conscious single. “We’ve all heard of ‘conscious uncoupling’, but 2022 is all about finding that someone, not just anyone,” the site’s experts write, pointing out that, per their data, the pandemic has made half of us (53 percent) realize that it’s OK to be alone for a while. Looking ahead, people are consciously deciding to be single, with the majority of singletons globally (54 percent) being more mindful in how, and when, to date.
Intelligence - Physical Attractiveness - According to
Match.com’s annual Singles in
Dating - This one has been trending since the beginning of
the pandemic. With new variants popping up every few months (or so it seems),
slow dating is sticking around. Per Bumble, slow dating is the trend of “people
taking the time to get to know each other and build a connection before
deciding if they want to pursue the relationship or meet in person.” The result
is that fifty-five percent of people on Bumble are taking longer to move a
match offline. Jemma Ahmed, head of insights at Bumble, believes this is
related to having the time and circumstances—a pandemic will change your
outlook—to think more critically about what they want in a relationship.
“People are starting to get to know themselves a lot more,” says Ahmed. “And as
a result, they’re taking the time to figure out who is and isn’t right for