The top dating trends of 2021, so far

Many people want relationships, but others have no idea what they're looking for.

9/16/2021 7:30:00 PM

Many people want relationships, but others have no idea what they're looking for.

Many people want relationships, but others have no idea what they're looking for.

2020 was rough when it came to looking for love, but we managed to find. A lot has changed for the positive in the year since — not in spite of COVID, but because of it.Here's what's going on in the dating world so far in 2021:Daters are more intentional now

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Multiple dating apps have reported that singles are more intentional in their usage going into a post-COVID mingling.Match's 2020 Singles in Americasurvey, for example, states that just over half of respondents (53 percent) shifted to more intentional dating.

Dating unsurprisingly slowed down last year as their only options (barring risking getting sick) were chatting over text or video, making the churn of message-to-meetup halt. This left us room to not only reflect on our dating patterns, but to also think about what we want out of dating moving forward. headtopics.com

People weren't just talking about being more mindful when dating, either. They put it into practice with new behaviors. Most Match users (63 percent) now spend more time getting to know potential partners; are more honest with them (69 percent); focus less on physical attraction (61 percent of Gen Z, 49 percent of millennials); and consider a wider range of people as potential partners (59 percent).

Hinge, the dating app that's"designed to be deleted," is also seeing this trend manifest. Almost half of users (45 percent) said thesuch as no longer ghosting, which is down 27 percent on the app.Singles are more honest coming out of the pandemic, too

Given the year and a half everyone had, daters are over games. In the Before Times, we may have gone out with someone we're not really into just to have something to do on a Wednesday night, or ghost someone to avoid the discomfort of rejecting them.

But now? We don't have time for that. For many of us, quarantine jarred us into the reality that we only have so much time in our— why should we spend it not being true to ourselves?In theirFuture of Datingreport, Tinder predicted that daters will be more honest and authentic in 2021. Mentions of anxiety and"normalizing" grew exponentially on the app, hinting that people want to share who they really are — and what they go through — from the jump. headtopics.com

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This means skipping the small talk, too. As Match's Chief Scientific Advisor and biological anthropologist Dr. Helen Fisher said in the Singles in America press release last year,"Recent cataclysmic events have led singles to want more from dating: a desire for a relationship over casual dating; more meaningful conversations, and more honesty and transparency during a date."

Related Video: We asked over 1,000 people about their post-COVID dating plansWe can date in-person againThis one is pretty self explanatory, right?Never would I ever imagine being so grateful to meet a stranger at a dive bar. Thanks to COVID vaccinations, the United States has opened up again in time for dates in parks, patios, rooftops — and, yes, indoors if we choose.

Overpriced cocktails and sticky floors? Shut up and take my money!But still date virtually if we wantSometimes, however, you don't feel like blowing cash on a fancy drink, even if there's a tiny umbrella in it.Quarantine brought the inundation of virtual dates, and a solid number of daters will bring them into post-pandemic life. Over half (52 percent) of Hinge daters say they'd probably continue video dating after they're able to meet up safely, and 40 percent of Tinder users feel the same.

It makes sense: Video dating allows you to vibe check a match without having you leave your house. You can do a simple screening without spending the time and money a standard first date requires.Credit: bob al-greene / mashableDating app usage spiked headtopics.com

last year, meaning there are more users with which you can potentially match. That, coupled with the return of meeting people in person, means that we may actually have a wider dating pool than pre-pandemic.According to a May 2021 survey from Tinder, more than half (54 percent) of respondents wanted to keep their options open this summer, with 20 percent looking forward to casually dating.

Flirting online andis now possible for the first time since the beginning of 2020, and that's something to celebrate. Read more: Mashable »

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