With COVID-19 changing the landscape for everything, the dating sector has also seen several changes. The traditional methods are now swapped with online trends, and everyone is evolving with them. Digital platforms and dating apps have made it quite easy to connect with people and communicate. So, if you are looking to get back in the dating game and get familiar with the ongoing trends, then you have landed at the right place. Here we will discuss the ongoing latest trends in the dating sector. Without any further ado, let us dive into the article.

12 Latest dating trends in 2021

  • Astrolove


The amalgamation of astrology with matchmaking is running deep in the roots of the dating sector. Even today, people love to look for the zodiac signs that resonate with their ones and give a good push to their start. According to research, daters in the UK added their zodiac signs to their profiles, and it increased the chance of conversion by 53%. 

A survey done by Betway online casino states, besides Italy, each and every country in western Europe has at least one popular dating app in the top 100. With dating apps ameliorating their platform by infusing the power of astrology, the trend is rising exponentially among people.

  • Hardballing

No doubt, COVID-19 has adverse effects on almost everything around the world. From economy to health, every sector faced big juggernauts on their way to progress further. However, in the dating sector, people used their time in self-introspection and got a clear idea about their future partner. Hardballing, meaning no messing around, became very popular in the lockdown period. People cleared the air for themselves and aimed to get what they have in their minds. According to certain research, people find themselves more confident in stating their wishes and associating with a person they think is worthy. These people have no time to waste on breadcrumbers and ghosters, as they know what they want in a person and have their hearts booked for them.

  • Slow dating

Well, with time in hand due to the COVID-19 lockdown, people have started to put more time and effort into their relationship and work things around to lay a strong foundation. People have realized the true meaning of the popular quote, “Slow and steady wins the race.” While working on different aspects as they move further, people find it very relaxing and feel gratified as they have better insights on each other in their relationships.

  • Age of “New dawn daters”

People who broke up with their partners during the COVID-19 pandemic are all set to come back in the dating game. Being in a relationship for a long time has kept them away from the latest trends in the dating sector. So, they are looking to get back on the wagon and start looking for potential daters. While doing so, the first bold step they take is to join a dating app and learn the mechanics of the new dating world.  

  • Apocalypsing

It is a very popular trend that is spreading like a raging fire among people, especially Gen-Z. The moment zoomers enter a relationship with a person, they think this is it and becomes quite serious. They treat every relationship like their last relationship as the world is going to end, thus the word apocalypsing. 

  • Thunberging

With COVID-19 devastating everything around the world, the next big cataclysmic event will be climate change. Millennials and Gen-Z feel very concerned about this aspect even when they are finding a potential date. Teenagers look for dates that share the same views on climate change and feel that if the other person does not resonate with the topic, then it is a potential deal-breaker.

  • Endgame-ing

Well, the trend has skyrocketed in the pandemic time. With face-to-face dating not possible, dating apps and social media apps were the only means to communicate. So, from time to time, due to phone glitches, or mishandling, people send NSFW photos or videos to their dates that put them in awkward situations. No doubt, some apps have the feature to delete content after sending, but several tricky situations arise due to these events.

  • Virtual Dating

With dating apps spreading their roots all over the globe, people prefer virtual dates before actually meeting their dates in the real world. In the start, Zoom was rising at an exponential rate, but now people are getting sick of it and looking for new ways to interact on their virtual dates like Netflix/Amazon movie parties, couple games, etc.

  • Sanitizing

Sanitizing not only helps keep deadly viruses and bacteria away, they also help people erase all the scraps of their past relationships. Today, most people, after a breakup, clear their social media platforms for a fresh new start. They put everything behind and look forward to a new beginning with a clean, sanitized social media persona.

  • Stalkblocking

The trend has seen a significant boost in the lockdown time period, where people keep their profile private to avoid creepers and stalkers. The practice is quite common as people don’t feel like indulging with people who keep tabs on them.

  • Hey and Pray

Some people send a broadcast message to tons of people in the hope of someone replying back to their message. They send a basic message like, “Hi,” “Hello,” and wait/pray for the other to reply back. With public meetings and everything locked down due to pandemic restrictions, several people have followed this trend to communicate with people.

  • Local Dating

The anxiety level of people has broken records in the pandemic time. So, now people like to date people who are available in their local region to avoid the pressure of long-distance. A simple walk in a long park or a coffee date still has the power to give a lasting impression on potential partners.

Final Verdict

These are the latest trends in the dating sector that have seen a significant boon due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its restrictions. Moreover, dating apps also present tons of opportunities to people to find their lucky ones. With the introduction of the 5G network, communicating with people over digital platforms is a piece of cake.

Richard is an experienced tech journalist and blogger who is passionate about new and emerging technologies. He provides insightful and engaging content for Connection Cafe and is committed to staying up-to-date on the latest trends and developments.