2 March 2022

Dating trends of 2022

It’s a new year, post-pandemic and dating has started with a clean slate. Serial daters may already be aware of what’s trending in the dating world, but for the majority of us, the idea of ‘dating trends’ sounds a bit odd. So we’re here to set the record straight and predict what dating will look like throughout 2022.

Trends are only in fashion and sales, right? Wrong. Over the last couple of years, dating has really felt the restrictions of lockdowns as it was nigh on impossible to meet people in person. Fancy wining and dining were simply out of the question. Now that we’re finally emerging from Covid restrictions, some of the biggest dating apps have researched and made big predictions for dating in 2022. So, here are some of the trends to watch out for when hooking up.

Voice preferences

In 2022, dating apps predict that most people will want to hear someone’s voice before matching with them. 64% of its users said that voice was an important factor in determining whether they liked someone or not. They also found that people are twice as likely to match with someone if they like a voice prompt.

Outercourse

No, not intercourse, outercourse. This is a catch-all term for forms of non-penetrative sex (aka bump and grind), mutual masturbation and heavy petting. It’s certainly safer than sex but could perhaps be too much of a tease!

In touch with emotions

83% of dating app users have a preference for going out with someone who’s having therapy. Plus, if you mention that you’re going to therapy on a first date, you’re more likely to get a second date. Being open about mental health is set to be a major chat-up topic for 2022.

Consciously single

2022 will see a rise in what’s called ‘consciously single’. Thanks to Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s ‘conscious uncoupling’ back in 2014, we’ve all become very familiar with that phrase and its meaning. But, in 2022 it’s going to be all about being proudly single and dating. People are realising that it’s OK to be on your own rather than being in a relationship just for the sake of avoiding loneliness.

Brains over beauty

According to Match’s report, for the first time ever, there was a drop in singles’ preference for physical attractiveness, while preferences for traits like being open-minded increased. 83% of the poll said they’re looking for emotional maturity in a partner over physical attractiveness. So, there you go, remember that looks can fade, but compassion doesn’t.

Teetotal

Dry dating: 34% of people globally are more open to the idea of a dry date, i.e., no alcohol, which can seem a little daunting if that’s what usually helps to calm your nerves. It’s certainly healthier and easier on the purse strings though. Mocktail, anyone?

Whatever you choose to do while dating this year, make sure it’s for your own good and not just following the crowd or trying to please others. Dating should be an enjoyable and easy-going experience where you can not only get to know others, but yourself too. Stay safe and have fun.