Dating is never easy, and judging by a new report, it’s not likely to get any better in 2023.
Plenty of Fish has just come out with their sixth annual list of the Top Dating Trends, polling over 8,000 U.S. members to discover the challenges singles are facing.
The top trends include:
- Main Character Energy – More than ever, singles are focusing on themselves and not bothering with people who don’t fit their standards. In fact, 49% of singles say they have made changes in their life to put themselves first, with 32% of men saying they were rejected because a date wanted to “focus on themselves.”
- Eco-Dumping – Singles are concerned about the environment, with many noting that disagreeing on environmental topics are a deal breaker and 20% saying they’ve dumped someone because they didn’t share their views on climate change and the environment.
- Heat Doming – Apparently some singles are dating to mooch some household amenities, with 20% off singles saying they had someone who wanted to date them strictly to access things like their heat, air conditioning, pool and more. That number goes up to 30% for Millennials and Gen Z.
- Infla-Dating – The economy is having a big effect on dating, with this trend seeing people go on cheaper dates to save money in the current economic environment. In fact, 48% of Millennials and Gen Z say they’ve suggested budget friendly dates for this reason.
- James-Webbing – Named after NASA’s new super space telescope, this trend has singles giving potential partners a closer look, with 54% saying they agreed to go on a date with someone after getting to know them better.
- OnlyPlans – Flakey dates are apparently becoming more common, with 52% of singles saying they’ve experienced someone who repeatedly plans dates but never actually follows through with them, coming up with a variety of excuses.
Source: Business Insider