2022 Dating Trends to Watch Out For

Since the pandemic, more Filipinos have become open to online dating with 42% of Filipinos using a dating app in the past year and claiming to be optimistic about dating in 2022. Bumble, the women-first dating, and social networking app, has released the top trends that will shape the dating scene in 2022.

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According to Bumble, here are some of the trends to expect in 2022:

  1. Resetters: The pandemic brought a lot of changes for daters, but many adjusted along the way by adopting video chat and planning virtual dates. 68% of people on Bumble in the Philippines are ready to hit the reset button on their dating journey in the new year. 67% of daters on Bumble claim that the pandemic has drastically changed what they are looking for in a partner. For 75% of people the pandemic has made them now prioritise finding a partner who is more emotionally available.
  2. Explori-dating: While what we’re looking for has changed but this hasn’t necessarily made dating super serious. In fact, the pandemic has made 77% of people question what our ‘type’ even is. Looking ahead to 2022, 43% of daters on Bumble in the Philippines would describe their approach to dating as exploratory and 46% as adventurous.
  3. Power PDA: As we enter 2022, PDA is back in a big way and it looks like it’s not just the celebrities that are into it. 79% of daters on Bumble in the Philippines say that they are more open to public displays of affection post-pandemic.
  4. Slow Dating: People are using video dates to get to know one another before meeting in person. This kind of ‘slow dating’ is empowering people to have better quality chats that may have happened over two or three dates, as people are working out what they’re comfortable with, in real life and virtually. 32% of Filipinos admitted that they are taking their time to know their dates before taking things to the next level.
  5. Hobby dates: Filipinos are more open to finding a new skill, hobby, or activity amid the pandemic. In fact, 78% of daters on Bumble in the Philippines have picked up new hobbies and skills. And now it’s also present in our dating lives as 63% of people on Bumble in the Philippines are planning their dates around their new hobbies. This is an easy way to get back into dating post-lockdown by doing something you already love and it’s a great way to connect over shared interests!
  6. Distance Dating: Filipinos are now more open to looking for partners outside their city with 59% of people claiming they are open to dating someone living in another town or city.