The epidemic’s toll on our romantic life has been laid clear by the data on Bumble and Plenty of Fish.
Almost half of all single individuals worldwide, according to Bumble’s most recent research, want to “reset” their dating life. Fast-forwarding, explori-dating, knowingly single, dry dating, and power PDA are just a few of the new terms invented by the women-centric app.
Bumble coined the phrase “hardballing” in 2021 to describe the process of finally settling on your ideal spouse after some serious soul-searching. The majority of Bumble users (59%) believe they are now more straightforward with partners about what they want, and this is anticipated to be the case well into 2022.
Fast-forwarding was noticed after app daters radically shifted their priorities in search of a romantic mate, with almost a third of users making such a move. Globally, 61% feel that emotional availability is more important to them than physical attractiveness, while 23% say the opposite.
Almost half of those using the app said they’ve spent more time wondering what constitutes your “type” than they did before they joined. 43% of Bumble users said they take a “exploratory” attitude when meeting new individuals, suggesting that they are still very much in the dating phase of their lives.
A growing number of “consciously single” users have been spotted on the app as well. Fifty-three percent of app users report coming to terms with the fact that it’s “really OK” to be alone for a spell during the pandemic.
Fifty-four percent of those who want to get back out there and date say they will be more strategic about when and where they do it.
According to research published in 2021 by the University of Sheffield, alcohol consumption dropped across the board from March 2020 to June 2020, when compared to the same period the year before. Our drinking patterns have shifted, and Bumble’s statistics reflect this.
A third more people than before (34 percent) are open to the idea of going on an alcohol-free date because of this study.
According to the dating website, “power PDA” is making a comeback now that vaccination rates are higher, and it’s not only Hollywood A-listers like Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly or Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker who are partaking in the fad.
Nearly 70% of people who have gone on dates since the outbreak say they are more comfortable with public shows of affection. But some singles are thinking twice about putting themselves out there because they are worried that another lockdown is imminent.
Plenty of Fish, a popular online dating service, has developed the phrase “hesi-dating” to describe people’s feelings during this time: “feeling indifferent about dating, unsure if you want to date seriously or casually because life in general is so uncertain right now.” The site’s survey indicated that 58% of single people are undecided about whether they want a casual hookup or something more serious.
With half of single people wishing to’reset’ their dating, we expect that the upcoming months will be significant for romance, according to Naomi Walkland, head of Bumble UK and Ireland. “Along with revisiting some of our favorite date sites,” Walkland said.