Now that spring has arrived and the days are slowly getting longer and the weather is warming up, optimism around dating is on the rise, new research shows. Flowers are starting to bloom and singles are expecting their love lives to bloom, too, according to the dating app Badoo, which calls the trend “blue sky dating.”
A new survey from Badoo finds that the lighter evenings and spring temperatures are having a positive effect on 74% of those who are dating. The poll also reveals:
- More than half of respondents feel dating in the fall and winter is more challenging, in part because of the pressure of cuffing season, and a third say they can’t be bothered with dating during those seasons.
- On the flip side, the lighter evenings make dating feel easier for 42% and safer for 37%.
- Just over a third also report feeling happier in general this time of year, which makes for better dating.
- Two in five respondents say they’re putting themselves out there more this spring.
- A third also say they’re trying to put less pressure on themselves with dating.
- But about a quarter of singles aren’t making the most of the blue sky dating energy, as they’re still hung up on exes and situationships.
“Nature is quite literally bringing more light into our lives,” explains relationship coach Persia Lawson. “That’s hugely beneficial when it comes to romance, given that exposure to sunlight increases the brain’s release of the happy hormone serotonin.” She recommends making the most of it and dating accordingly.