It’s been hard to separate the pandemic and dating over the last couple of years. Lockdowns dictated where you could meet people and really put a stopper to any ambitions to meet someone the old fashioned way. However, some of the biggest dating apps have big predictions for 2022 and some pretty hilarious insights into how daters got through 2021. So, here are some of the dating trends to watch out for in 2022 and the hooking up phenomena that shaped 2021.
“If 2020 was the year of reflection, 2021 has been a year of discovery and we expect to see that continue into the new year,” said Naomi Walkland, Head of Bumble UK and Ireland. “As we head into the new year, our dating lives are a blank page, and this makes for an exciting time to try something new. It could be changing what we prioritise in a partner, being more intentional about when we date, or just sharing the activities we love. With half of single people looking to ‘reset’ their dating, we anticipate that coming months will be big for romance.”
2021’s Top Dating Trends
If you fell victim to the pandemic park walk date in 2021 then I feel your pain, we shall never forget. However, Tinder found that in 2021, dates were more about activities than icebreakers. Instead of going for a drink, the dating app revealed that people were opting for dates in the outdoors where they could really get to know their dates. Singles got creative.
While some say politics and religion are no go areas on a first date, there appeared to be no rules in 2021. Both OKCupid and the Inner Circle said that there had been a massive increase in people talking, arguing, and expressing their political views. OKCupid detailed that politics was one of the biggest dealbreakers for people, with a nearly 10% increase in political terms in users profiles.
Being upfront about your political views and wanting to get to know your date as quickly as possible could be signs of hard balling— the dating trend that’s emerged in 2021 that describes knowing what you really want and going after it. The pandemic may have given you some time to think about your life and your future and if that’s the case then you’re not alone. Bumble found that 59% of their users globally said that they’ve become increasingly more upfront with their dates about what they want, and 46% said they’re ready to reset their love lives in 2022.
When Is The Best Time To Use Dating Apps?
You’ve crafted the perfect bio, selected your best pictures, and are ready to meet the one (or the one for right now) but is there a best time to swipe?
If you’re looking to get a match before the end of the year then the Inner Circle explains that there are 21% more matches on a Sunday than any other day of the week and there’s a spike in usage between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. According to the app, your deadline to get a …….