The 6 Dating Trends Set To Hit Our Relationships in 2023 - Men's Health Magazine Australia

The 6 Dating Trends Set To Hit Our Relationships in 2023

Here's what's to come.

The 2010s revolutionised how we date and have sex. Grindr came out in 2009 and three years later, Tinder followed suit. You’d think with the ease of casual hookups, millennials would be having more sex than ever before, but a 2016 study published in the Archives of Sexual Behaviorfound that more than twice as many millennials born in the 1990s (15 percent) have no sexual partners compared to Gen Xers born in the 1960s (6 percent). 

With dating apps, we’re struck with the paradox of choice. We have more options than ever before to meet, date, and have sex with people—yet having so many options might actually hinder our ability to find “the one.” We can’t help but think there’s someone better out there, so we ghost (or breadcrumb or fizz) and move on to the next victim.

Still, the 2010s were also great for sex and dating. The sex-positive movement exploded over the past decade, and there are more products and toys to help you have more satisfying sex than ever before. With that, we’re now looking at the 2020s – and more specifically, the six dating trends set to hit out relationships come 2023, according to Bumble.

1. Open Casting

It’s time to do away with the tall, dark, and handsome requirements as the narrow search for our physical ‘type’ is not serving us. The opposite of type-casting, open casting refers to how 1 in 3 (38%) of people are now more open to who they consider dating beyond their ‘type’ – this is even more prevalent in Australia at 42% – and 35% of us are placing less emphasis on dating people that others ‘expect’ them to. What are we looking for? The overwhelming majority of people (63%) are now more focused on emotional maturity than physical requirements.

2. Guardrailing

With the return of office culture and busy social schedules, the majority of people are feeling overwhelmed right now. This has forced us all to prioritise our boundaries and more than half (52%) have established more boundaries over the last year. This includes being clearer about our emotional needs and boundaries (63%), being more thoughtful and intentional about how we put ourselves out there (59%), and not overcommitting socially (53%).

3. Love-life Balance

There has been a shift in the way we think about, and value, our work and our partner’s work. Gone are those days that our job titles and demanding work days are seen as a status symbol with half of people prioritising work/life balance (49%). When it comes to their partner, more than half of people care more about their work/life balance than their career status (54%). Over the past year, more than half of people (52%) are actively creating more space for breaks and rest and more than 1 in 10 (13%) will no longer date someone who has a very demanding job. 

4. Wanderlove

Looks like we’re after an eat, date, love moment with 1 in 3 (33%) people on Bumble saying that they are now more open to travel and relationships with people who are not in their current city. Post-pandemic WFH flexibility means that 1 in 8 (14%) of us have explored the idea of being a ‘digital nomad’ , opening up how we think about who and where we date. In fact, nearly 10% of people on Bumble in Australia actually find it easier to date in another country.  

5. Modern Masculinity

Conversations about gender norms and expectations have been front and centre. Over the last year, 3 in 4 (74%) of men say they have examined their behaviour more than ever and have a clearer understanding of ‘toxic masculinity’ and what is not acceptable. More than half of men on Bumble (52%) are actively challenging stereotypes that suggest that men should not show emotions, for fear of appearing weak.  1 in 3 (38%) now speak more openly about their emotions with their male friends, and half (49%) of men agree that breaking gender roles in dating and relationships is beneficial for them too – this is even more prevalent in Australia, where 59% of men on Bumble agree. 

6. Dating Renaissance

Much like a well-known Queen B, many of us are having a renaissance with 1 in 3 (39%) of people on Bumble having ended a marriage or serious relationship in the last two years – this is even more prevalent in Australia at 42%. These people are now jumping into their second chapter with 1 in 3 (36%) using dating apps for the first time, learning to navigate new dating language and codes.

By Nikolina Ilic

Nikolina is the former Digital Editor at Men's Health Australia, responsible for all things social media and .com. A lover of boxing, she has written for Women's Health, esquire, GQ and Vogue magazine.

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