Intentional dating is back and better than ever

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Quality over quantity.

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It might be an overused phrase, but when it comes to relationships, some would argue — especially those who haven’t been super lucky in the dating department — that it doesn’t apply often enough.

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After the last few years of social distancing, people are dating with more intention than ever.

Compatibility and shared values ​​have become a priority when looking for a potential partner, as people are now less interested in casual sex and more interested in finding a real connection.

For those who were single and ready to mingle but were isolated for days, weeks or even months, this was a time that hopefully meant finding out who you were as a person for yourself. . But it also meant that once things returned to some semblance of normality, there would be no time to waste and search for love.

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True love.

It’s almost as if the COVID-19 pandemic has taught people to take nothing for granted, live life to the fullest, and focus on what matters.

The latest data from Bumble shows that women and men have become more careful when choosing who they want to spend their time with, why they want to be in a relationship and what factors are important to consider in a relationship.

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« Since the pandemic, we’ve seen that the dating process has definitely changed, » said Samantha Garcia, Bumble’s marketing director for the Americas. The Toronto Sun. « Now not only are people more intentional about what they’re really looking for when dating, but they’re also more open to trying new ways of interacting with people. »

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Around the world, more than half (54%) of a recent Bumble survey found that single respondents better reflect how and when they date.

When it comes to Canadians, more than three-quarters (79%) of Canadians surveyed agree that slow dating (meaning slowing down the “getting to know you” phase) will help build healthier relationships.

And more than half (53%) would be likely or willing to discuss relationship priorities and goals on a first date – something that might have raised red flags before the pandemic.

Coming out of the pandemic, there is still a bit of security blanket needed when considering going on a date in person.

“Our data shows that over the past year, nearly half (42%) of Canadians surveyed are now more open to virtual dating and virtual first dates,” Garcia said, “with 27% of those respondents indicating that video dating has become a regular part of their dating process.

With intentional dating becoming increasingly important, Bumble members can even use the « Date Intentions » badge to make their priorities clear.

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