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(Artwork by Ariana Maralit)

Bumble, the women-first dating app, has released its top six trends that will define dating this 2023. This year brought the return of iconic Y2K couples and fashion, an obsession with pink barbiecore, and the rise of e-boy and e-girl culture influenced by goth, anime, and KPOP– but what about our dating lives? 

According to the popular dating app, we should be optimistic about dating in 2023 with 70 percent of people around the world saying they feel positive about the romance that lies ahead, a trend that is highly prevalent in the Philippines, with Filipinos being the most positive (87 percent) about dating in 2023 as compared to their global counterparts. 

When it comes to dating, Bumble’s forecast includes the following.

  1. Open Casting: It’s time to do away with the tall, dark, and handsome requirements as the narrow search for our physical “type” is not serving us. The opposite of type-casting, open casting refers to how more than one in three (38 percent) people around the world are now more open to who they consider dating beyond their “type” and more than one in four (28 percent) of us are placing less emphasis on dating people that others “expect” them to. What are we looking for? Specifically in the Philippines, the overwhelming majority (77 percent) are now more focused on emotional maturity than physical requirements.
  1. Guardrailing: With the return of office culture and busy social schedules, the majority of people are feeling overwhelmed right now. This has forced us all to prioritize our boundaries and more than half (52 percent) have established more boundaries over the last year. 
  1. Love-life Balance: There has been a shift in how we think about and value work. Gone are the days when job titles and demanding work days are seen as status symbols, with half of global respondents prioritizing work/life balance (49 percent), and more than half (54 percent) caring more about their partner’s work/life balance than their career status. 
  1. Wanderlove: Looks like we’re after an eat-date-love moment with one in three (33 percent) people on Bumble saying that they are now more open to travel and relationships with people who are not in their current city. 
  1. Modern Masculinity: Over the last year, three in four (74 percent) men worldwide on Bumble say they have examined their behavior more than ever and have a clearer understanding of “toxic masculinity” and what is unacceptable. This is even more pronounced in the Philippines, where more than half of men on the dating app (55 percent) are actively challenging stereotypes that suggest that men should not show emotions, for fear of appearing weak. 
  1. Ethical sex-ploration: The way that we talk, think about, and have sex is changing. More of us are approaching sex, intimacy, and dating in an open and exploratory way (42 percent) and sex is no longer taboo, with more than half of us agreeing that it’s important to discuss sexual wants and needs early on (53 percent). This doesn’t mean we’re all having more sex. One in three (34 percent) people are not currently having sex and they are ok with that, this is particularly true amongst Gen-Z (39 percent). 

So, are you ready to explore relationships this year? 

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