A new year is here and if you’re looking for some fun or a more committed relationship it’s a new year for dating and hook-ups. You may have spent many entertaining afternoons in 2022 with the girls, or the lads, describing your sexy weekend or giving your number to the cute barista at the new coffee shop. Many guys and gals used TikTok to give side-splitting reviews of their dates and sex lives throughout 2022 in the viral trend “dating wrapped” which entertained millions throughout the year. You may have had a less successful year and spent many evenings on the phone with your BFF crying over the, then, significant other in your life. However 2022 played out, it’s a new year and with it comes new dating trends and new hope and anticipation for that perfect date, perfect partner, or wild perfect weekend!
What comes next in this article?
- Budget-conscious dates are in
- Non-monogamy is on the rise
- More women are making the first move
- Sober dates are sexy
- Situationships are no longer sh*tations
- Emotional vulnerability is more important than ever
The experts from all of the main dating apps were asked to spill the details of all the upcoming dating trends that many of the singles will be anticipating with glee. One certain good thing is that the approach to dating will be more positive and open to possibilities in 2023. The confusion and insecurity of the past few years during the pandemic and lockdowns will be firmly left behind. Singles can look forward to making real connections. A welcome increase in self-confidence has been noted and this will lead to daters being more confident in their self-worth. But, that’s not all you have to look forward to. There are 6 new dating trends that the experts have delivered for the 2023 dating scene.
1. Budget-conscious dates are in.
Thanks to the unwelcome gatecrasher, inflation, experts have predicted that dates will become less expensive and more budget-conscious. The majority of daters are affected by this as is everyone else in the UK! Trying to reconcile dinner and drinks to their bank balance may just be too much. In a survey by Bumble, 57% of daters stated that they would prefer much more inexpensive dates compared to over-the-top fancy dinners. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a romantic date, however, how about a romantic DIY picnic in the park, or going dutch on a quality but inexpensive meal, for Valentine’s date ideas?
2. Non-monogamy is on the rise.
Being open-minded and open to different types of relationships can lead you open to several different types of opportunities. In 2023 a significant percentage of daters said they are open to non-monogamous relationships. 16% of Bumbles users reported that they are open to exploring non-monogamy for the first time. Experts say that whilst positivity about sex and more open conversations around sex occurs, this is bound to continue throughout the year and after.
3. More women are making the first move.
Be prepared in 2023 for females to take control of the situation and make the first move. 2022 was a difficult year for some women when it came to dating and relationships, so experts are predicting that females will find their power and become more assertive and go after what they want. A survey carried out by OkCupid, reported that 80% of women said they would send the first message. According to their expert, women who send the first message tend to get 60% more matches compared to women who don’t send the first message. So, ladies, plenty of time to practice for Valentine’s day, you know how to ask for a valentine’s date!
4. Sober dates are sexy.
“Wanna grab a drink” is probably the most common invitation for a date, closely followed by “wanna grab a coffee sometime?” This year surprisingly the experts have predicted that sober dates are going to be all the rage in dating circles this year.
75% of Hinge users reported that they preferred first dates do not involve drinking, but other activities where they could get to the person and feel some sort of connection.
5. Situationships are no longer sh*tations.
2023 will be the year of the situationship! In 2022 daters began using the term situationship to refer to their situation rather than relationship, as they found the term relationship made them feel they were under pressure. 49% of Tinder users began to use the phrase in 2022. More people are now using the term to define their connections.
6. Emotional vulnerability is more important than ever.
2022 saw a significant rise in male emotional vulnerability with many men learning how to process and express their emotions for the good of their relationships. The experts predict a continued increase during 2023 as more men understand toxic masculinity. 52% of Bumble users have reported that they are trying to overcome the idea that men shouldn’t show emotions or reveal weaknesses. Sounds good to us!
So, let’s raise a cup of coffee to sober dates, women taking the lead, men showing their emotions and different sleeping partners for those looking for a bit of adventure and fun! Roll on Valentine’s day and the perfect Valentine’s date!