As if dating in the midst of a global pandemic wasn’t already hard enough, 2022 has thrown in more spanners than we’d expected. If like many, you’ve entered the previously-uncharted territory of online dating, you’re probably wondering how to make the best of your experience. Bumble, a woman-first dating app, has unveiled the top dating trends that’s likely to dominate the dating scene in 2023. Here’s what to watch out for on your next big date.

1. Guardrailing

With self-care at the forefront of our minds, there’s no doubt we’re all setting better boundaries and being clearer about our emotional needs. Those surveyed locally by Bumble are now more thoughtful and intentional in how they put themselves out there (75%), clearer about their emotional needs and boundaries (68%), and have chosen not to overcommit themselves socially (60%).

2. Love-life balance

Workaholics beware, more people globally now care about the work-life balance rather than the career status of their potential partner (54%). Over the past year, 3 in 5 Singaporeans (60%) are intentionally creating space for breaks and rest, with more than 1 in 5 (23%) avoiding potential dates with a very demanding job.

3. Modern masculinity

Gone are the days where toxic masculinity is celebrated; these days we like men who openly show their emotions and are comfortable breaking gender norms when dating. Thankfully, 86% of Singaporean men surveyed have a clearer understanding of toxic masculinity. 1 in 3 Singaporean men surveyed (34%) now speak more openly about their emotions with their male friends, and more than 3 in 5 men (64%) agree that breaking gender roles in dating and relationships is beneficial to them.

4. Dating renaissance

If you’ve ended a marriage or serious relationship in the past two years, you’re probably not alone, with 30% of Singaporeans in the same boat. These people are now diving into a new chapter with 1 in 3 (35%) trying out dating apps for the first time.

5. Cash-candid dating

With inflation and rising costs of living, chances are, we no longer expect fancy first-dates that are bound to blow a hole in our pockets. In fact, this has led to more honest and open conversations about money and dating. More than half (54%) of Singaporeans surveyed are more keen for casual dates rather than over-the-top ones.

6. Ethical sex-ploration

Talking about sex right from the get-go is no longer a turn off. More of those surveyed are approaching sex, intimacy, and dating in an open and exploratory manner (42%). Over the past year, 1 in 5 (20%) have explored their sexuality more and 1 in 8 (14%) of us are considering a non-monogamous relationship. But that doesn’t mean we’re all getting busy under the sheets—nearly half of Singaporeans surveyed (48%) are not doing the deed and perfectly fine with it.

7. Open casting

Probably the most interesting trend of all, open casting refers to people dating outside of their “type.” Forget about going for the tall, dark, and handsome; 1 in 3 (38%) around the world are now more open to dating those who don’t fit their usual “type.” In Singapore, 67% of people surveyed are now more focused on emotional maturity than physical requirements—truly a welcome change.

P.S. Did you also know that aside from dating, Bumble also has versions that allow you to make like-minded friends (Bumble BFF) and even seek out potential business partners, clients, and investors (Bumble Bizz)?

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