Singles predict the best dating trends for 2021
- Apocalypse (/ ah-poc-a-lyps-ing): Treat every relationship like it’s your last and get really serious with someone you’ve just started dating. A third of singles know someone who has done this, and Gen Z is all about the apocalypse, with almost a third admitting to doing it themselves. Use Case: Alex Apocalypses All Relationships, But Who Can Blame Him? This pandemic has shown us that you never know what’s going to happen, so we might as well make things count!
- Masking (/ mas-kuh-reyd-ing): State that you care about COVID-19 safety precautions for optics or for impressing a game. It turns out that one in five Gen Zs are hiding from potential dates. Use case: it is totally hidden. She told me how important she thought the social distancing guidelines were, but I saw her friend tagged her in a photo where she was at a party with a ton of people not wearing masks!
- Fauc-ing (/ fau-chee-ing): Refusing to date someone because you think they don’t take COVID-19 seriously enough. Dr F tries to keep us all safe and healthy, so opponents who ignore his expert advice may fall victim to this trend. In fact, ¼ of people know someone who declined an appointment because they thought someone was not taking COVID-19 seriously. Use case: If I had a dime for every time I misstated someone this year, I might be able to pay off my student loans.
- Zoomlander-ing (/ zoom-lan-der-ing): When a date with Zoom spends all of its time looking at itself in the camera instead of looking at the person with whom it is dating. A third of young adults (Gen Z and Millennials) have been Zoomlanders but, hey, it’s not their fault that they’re really, really ridiculously good looking. Use case: I was on a first Zoom date with this girl and she was totally Zoomlander – I don’t think she even knows what I look like!
“In the face of a global pandemic, singles have had to navigate a very unique dating landscape this year, which also helped build our most comprehensive list of new terms to date,” said Shannon Smith, Public Relations Manager, Plenty of Fish. “For example, ‘Zoomlandering’ comes directly from the impact of the pandemic on dating and the rapid adoption of video dates, which continue to be popular.”
- Game over (/ end-geym-ing): Accidentally send an NSFW photo or video to someone you’re dating. The end of the game is coming to the best of us, including our favorite captain who recently found himself in a similar situation. In fact, about 1/4 of singles accidentally sent and received an NSFW photo or video from someone they were dating. Use case: I almost put Jon at the end of the game and sent him an NSFW photo I had in my wrap, it was between my dog’s photo and the bomb salad I had for lunch !
- Folklore (/ fo-klore-ing): Being so focused on fairytale romance that expectations don’t match reality. From the days of a plaid shirt to James dean -dreams awake, like the millennial romance queen herself, 1 in 5 millennials admit to doing it while looking for their own Love story. Use case: Betty totally folklorized James because she was too busy waiting for her white horse and her white veil opportunity.
- Disinfection (/ san-i-tahyz-ing): The act of erasing your social media from all photographic evidence of a past relationship. More than a third of singles have sanitized their social networks by erasing every photo of an ex post breakup. Almost 50% of women know someone who has cleaned up their social networks. Use case: We broke up yesterday and I have already disinfected my Instagram. Once I occupy my apartment, I will be officially done.
- Waldo-ing (/ wawl-doh-ing): When a person only posts group photos on their dating profile, it makes it difficult to determine who they are and what they look like. While this is frustrating for everyone, it’s worth noting that women are more likely to experience Waldo-ing (45%) than men (33%). Use case: This guy is a real Waldo – all of his dating app pics are group pics! How am I supposed to know which one it is ?!
- Stem blocking (/ stawk blok-ing): Make your social media accounts private so potential dates can’t bother you, because hello, no one likes to creep them up! Blocking social stalkers in today’s digital world is quite common with 1 in 5 singles knowing someone who has experienced a harassment block and almost a quarter of millennials have blocked themselves. Use case: So we didn’t even meet in person but he already “liked” a bunch of pics deep on my Instagram, I blocked him so hard after that.
- sell off (/ braid-e-ing): To end a long-term relationship despite your friends and family thinking you are making a mistake. The namesake of this trend QB QT knows a thing or two to move on despite the opinions of others. You do, Boo! Twenty-five percent of singles have been in this predicament. Use Case: As if breakups weren’t hard enough, I’m still bradying because my friends and family get too attached to my girlfriends.
- Hey and pray (/ Hey and prey): Indiscriminately spam every match with a simple “Hey there”, “Hey you”, “Hey”, “Hi”, and pray that someone responds and is interested. A whopping 2/3 of women have been bombarded by the impersonal and unimpressive opening “hey” on dating apps, with over 60% of millennials experiencing it. Use case: Ugh, this is the fifth guy this week to say hello and pray to me, what do you even say “hey”?
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Dating Trend Survey Methodology
Over 2,000 US-based Plenty of Fish users were surveyed online in October 2020. Participants ranged from 18 to 74 years old, with 60% identifying themselves as male and 39% female.
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