The dating app Plenty of Fish puts out an annual list of dating trends they expect to see more of next year. And a few of the trends on their 2021 list have to do with COVID. Here are 11 dating trends they expect to see more of next year . . .
1. Fauci-ing. Declining to date someone because you don’t feel they’re taking the pandemic seriously enough.
2. Maskerading. Where you PRETEND to care about masks and COVID-19, just so people will date you.
3. Apocalypsing. Treating every relationship like it’s your last, and getting too serious too quick. A third of single people know someone who’s done it.
4. Zoomlander-ing. Like the movie “Zoolander”. It’s people who won’t stop checking THEMSELVES out on camera when you’re on a Zoom date.
5. Sanitizing. This one isn’t a COVID thing. It’s when you delete photos and wipe all evidence of past relationships from your social media.
6. Endgame-ing. Accidentally sending a racy photo or video to someone you’re dating.
7. Folklore-ing. Being so focused on fairytale romance that your expectations don’t match reality.
8. Waldo-ing. When someone only posts group photos on their dating profile, so it’s hard to tell which person they are.
9. Stalk-blocking. When you make all of your social media accounts private, so people who might want to date you can’t research you first.
10. Bradying. This one’s a dig on Tom Brady for changing teams. It’s when you end a long-term relationship even though everyone says it’s a mistake.
11. Hey and Pray. When you play the numbers game on dating apps, and just spam a bunch of people with things like “hi” or “hey there.” Two-thirds of women who use dating apps say it’s happened to them.
- Mel McKay