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A dry date involves doing a date activity that does not centre on drinking alcohol

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Dry dating is set to be a big dating trend in 2022

Dry dating is set to be a big dating trend in 2022

Dry dating is set to be a big dating trend in 2022

A new report from dating app Bumble has revealed that one in three people are more likely to consider going on a ‘dry date’ than they were before the pandemic hit.

The women-first app revealed the top dating trends that they say will define the dating scene in 2022.

According to the app, 34% of people are looking to go on dates that do not involve drinking alcohol.

The number who want to try ‘dry dating’ is even higher among people aged 32 and under.

“We were locked down, then released and then locked down. It was a rollercoaster of wine and cocktails but for many people this has also led to new drinking habits, especially post-confinement,” a spokesperson for the women-first app said.

One in three people have also admitted that the pandemic has drastically changed what they are looking for in a partner. Across the globe two in three people are now prioritising ‘emotional availability’ with One in four people confessing they now care less about appearances.

As over 54% of people picked up new hobbies and skills, another trend predicted in the report is hobby dates. One in four people have said that they will be planning dates around their new hobbies.

In their research, Bumble found that more than two in three people say that they are more open to public displays of affection post-pandemic.

When it comes to finding the right person to indulge in these dating trends with, 54% of singletons say they are going to be more mindful and intentional in how and when they date. Meanwhile, over half of people looking for love say that they realise it’s OK to be alone while on the hunt for the one.

Last year ushered in a period of ‘hardballing’ - a term for really knowing what you want after months of reflection.

Bumble’s research shows that this trend shows no sign of slowing down with more than half (59%) of people on the app saying that they are now more upfront with partners about what they want.

“If 2020 was the year of reflection, 2021 has been a year of discovery and we expect to see that continue into the new year,” Naomi Walkland, Bumble’s Head of UK and Ireland said.

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“Along with rediscovering some of our favourite date spots, we’ve seen that people on Bumble are looking to discover new people, new priorities, and explore new ways of dating.”

“As we head into the new year, our dating lives are a blank page and this makes for an exciting time to try something new,” she added.

“It could be changing what we prioritise in a partner, being more intentional about when we date, or just sharing the activities we love. With half of single people looking to ‘reset’ their dating, we anticipate that coming months will be big for romance.”

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