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The Post-Pandemic Dating Scene: Insights from Gen Z

Post pandemic Gen Z dating

Being a person from Generation Z, I struggle with what is going to be the long-term social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic which is shown in the latest statistics from Hinge. The Gen Z D.A.T.E report of theirs which surveyed over 15,000 daters suggests that my age group, born between 1997 and 2012, is the most affected by pandemic-related uncertainties when it comes to social interactions.

What does the report say?

The report reveals that Gen Z daters are 47% more prone to be nervous when talking to people because of the pandemic, and also a quarter of them are more likely to have low confidence on first dates. Albeit years past, the presence of COVID-19 persistent effect and is now forms how we deal with socializing and dating.

One prominent effect is a heightened fear of rejection, which often inhibits us from pursuing romantic interests. More than half of Gen Z Hinge users admit that this fear has hindered their romantic endeavors. Additionally, a substantial portion—44%—acknowledge having minimal to no dating experience, reflecting a cautious approach to interpersonal relationships.

Role of Memes and Humor

Hinge’s report suggests that indirect communication tactics, such as using memes and humor, have become prevalent among Gen Z daters as a means of avoiding perceived awkwardness or appearing too eager. Despite these challenges, Hinge’s performance remains robust, with a 40% year-over-year increase in direct revenue to $396 million in 2023 and over 15 million downloads—an almost 40% rise from the previous year.

To assist users in navigating these complexities, Hinge offers strategies for building “rejection resilience.” These include fostering self-compassion in the face of rejection, refraining from assigning blame, prioritizing personal standards, and adopting a mindset of mutual choice rather than seeking validation through being chosen.

As a Gen Z individual navigating the evolving dating landscape, I recognize the importance of understanding and addressing these social dynamics while striving for meaningful connections in a post-pandemic world.

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