Know what is the In thing now

Is Your Fear of Being Cringe Holding You Back from True Love? Check Out Insights from Latest Hinge Report

Hinge's Gen Z D.A.T.E. report highlights the lasting social effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on young singles. Gen Z daters are more likely to feel nervous when interacting with people and experience decreased confidence on first dates. The report underscores how the pandemic continues to shape Gen Z's socialization patterns.

According to Hinge’s latest Gen Z D.A.T.E. report, Gen Z daters (born between 1997 and 2012) are experiencing lasting social effects from the COVID-19 pandemic. The report, which surveyed over 15,000 daters, reveals that these young singles are 47% more likely than millennial daters to feel nervous when talking to people due to the pandemic. Additionally, they are 25% more likely to report decreased confidence on a first date as a result of the ongoing impact of the pandemic. The report emphasizes that despite the passage of several years since the pandemic began, Gen Z’s socialization patterns continue to be influenced by this global event.

Fear of Rejection Hinders Gen Z’s Pursuit of Romantic Interest

The report by Hinge reveals that Gen Z, in particular, grapples with a significant fear of rejection while navigating the dating landscape. This fear of appearing “cringe” leads young individuals to unwittingly sabotage their own relationships.

Hinge’s 2024 DATE report sheds light on the mindset of Gen Z daters. They are 30% more likely than Millennials to believe in the concept of having only one soulmate, and 39% more likely to consider themselves romantically idealistic. Paradoxically, despite their yearning for connection, 44% of Gen Z daters have limited to no experience in dating, while 56% of Gen Z Hinge users admit that fear of rejection has held them back from pursuing potential relationships.

This combination of statistics paints a gloomy picture of a generation desiring connection but hesitating to take action due to the fear of being seen as “cringe.” Instead, an obsession with aloofness and a desire to appear “cool” prevails.

However, this preoccupation with aloofness poses a troubling issue, as it hinders Gen Z’s ability to be vulnerable and put themselves out there. Building meaningful, loving connections requires embracing vulnerability, rather than playing it cool and seeking surface-level interactions.

Breaking Free from DBL

To understand the root cause of this problem, Hinge highlights the prevalence of “indirect communication” on dating apps. This includes the use of emojis, response times, and the number of questions asked. Termed “digital body language” (DBL) in the report, these modes of communication are essential for gauging another person’s intentions. But relying solely on indirect communication can lead to misunderstandings and missed opportunities for genuine expression.

Gen Z, in particular, leans heavily on DBL as a crutch, overthinking the timing of messages and reading too much into specific comments. Furthermore, the fear of misreading the situation prevents them from openly expressing their emotions. Instead, they resort to dropping hints through jokes, memes, or emojis. This behavior affects their ability to authentically convey their feelings.

You might also be interested in

Get the word out!