Meeting your soulmate or even just someone you like enough to have dinner with is never as easy as it is in rom-coms, which is just one of the reasons dating is complicated. It’s intimidating to put yourself out there, no matter how confident you are, and hearing about your friends’ horrifying dating experiences - or worse, having them yourself - only makes you not even want to try.
Dating apps were supposed to make it easier to find love connections, but thanks to unsolicited nude pics and scammers pretending to be people they’re not, online dating can be a negative experience for women. So what are you supposed to do when you’re looking for a short-term fling or Mr Right? These are some ways women are taking control and finding approaches to dating that work for them in 2022:
- Not waiting for the big conversations - More women are speaking up about their “core needs” and non-negotiables up front, instead of holding back to talk about them later.
- Not staying stuck in “situation-ships” - These are relationships that aren’t defined yet and as part of women being more up front with their wants, they’re choosing not to wait in limbo if they’re looking for something more.
- “Untyping” - Another big trend for women in dating this year is not dating your usual type. Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson are a perfect example and proof that if dating how you usually do hasn’t worked out, it may be time for a change. According to the dating app Badoo, “three-quarters of singletons are looking to let go of their ‘type’ for 2022, so it seems lots of folks are giving this a try.
- Focusing on what really matters - Sure, physical attraction is important, but research shows a lot of singles are rearranging what they prioritize in a potential partner. Match.com reports that 83% of singles in America are now looking for more “emotional maturity in a partner over physical attractiveness.”
Source: The List