The dating game has changed thanks to COVID. The old days of meeting someone out at a bar, trading numbers and grabbing drinks have been replaced by Zoom dates or masked meet-ups. As we head into 2022, these are the dating trends we’ll be seeing more of, according to the dating apps themselves.
- A focus on mental health- According to Hinge’s research for 2022, 91% of their users want to date someone who goes to therapy and 89% of daters say they’re more likely to agree to a second date if the person mentions therapy on the first date. And nearly all - 97% - of their users want to date someone who prioritizes mental health.
- Skipping the booze- Cocktails and dating tend to go hand in hand, but according to Bumble, that may be changing. They report that 34% of users are more open to the idea of a dry date - as in no alcohol.
- Getting right to it- Want to skip the talking phase and get right to dating in real life? Dating apps likeThursdayare making it easier. Friday through Wednesday, the app is “out of commission,” but for 24 hours on Thursday, users can match with potential dates and make plans to meet up right away.
- Influencers beware- If your goal is to become a TikTok star, it may not be great for your love life. According to Hinge, 78% of users see someone being too obsessed with Instagram as a red flag and 82% feel the same way about Snapchat. So if you’re all about growing a following, you may want to stay single and focus on that for now.
- Consciously single, thanks for asking- Bumble reports that 53% of their users are content with the idea of being alone for a while. Just over half (54%) say they’re going to be more mindful about dating and 46% say they’re not self-conscious about being single.