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Dating trends to look out for this summer, according to the experts


By Sarah Finnan
07th May 2022

ITV

Dating trends to look out for this summer, according to the experts

Cuffing season is over for another year, but hot girl summer is on its way. 

A state of being as opposed to an actual physical appearance, it’s a mindset that many try to adopt when navigating the dating scene as it promotes confidence, having fun and just being your best self.

That said, the dating landscape has changed drastically post-pandemic, and certain new trends have emerged in light of the past few years. Already looking ahead for what’s to come, Bumble, the women-first social networking and dating app, has kindly provided us with some intel about what singletons can expect heading into the summer season. 

Hobby dating

Have something you’re passionate about? That’s a good first date starting point. 

According to Bumble’s research, over half of Irish adults picked up a new hobby during lockdown – with  56% of those surveyed finding a new appreciation for outdoor activities in particular. So, whether it’s sea swimming, cycling or weekend hikes with your dog you’re into, why not invite your match along to accompany you on your next outing? 

Sit-down dinners can be highly-pressurised settings when meeting someone for the first time. Activity-based dates are usually way more informal and you already know that you have something in common, so at least you’ll have one topic to fall back on should conversation run dry. Some of the top interest badges on Bumble include: pubs, dogs, gigs, cooking, football and comedy, with 1 in 4 (27%)* users supposedly planning dates around new hobbies. Pottery class anyone?

Power PDA

Two years of staying apart was apparently more than enough for Irish singletons, who have gotten over their aversion to PDA and are much more open to a cheeky mid-walk kiss nowadays. 

Not everyone is always in favour of public affection though and Bumble’s dating and relationships expert Dr Caroline West suggests having an open conversation with your match about what you’re comfortable with first. 

Consciously single

The pandemic wasn’t necessarily a pleasant time for anyone, but there were some positives to come out of it and singletons have emerged with more clarity about what they’re looking for than ever before. 

Recent research from Bumble on the Romance Gap found that 63% of adults in Ireland believe women are expected to prioritise finding a relationship and settling down. The good news is that more and more women are taking control of their dating lives, with the majority now embracing this new mindset of being consciously single.