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The future of dating holds many new and welcome changes.

By IANSlife

Bumble, the women-first dating app, has released its predictions for the top emerging trends that will shape dating in the coming year. While some much-loved pre-pandemic behaviour has returned this year, the future of dating holds many new and welcome changes.

According to Bumble, the new year will bring us:

Resetters: The pandemic brought a lot of changes for daters, but many adjusted along the way by adopting video chat and planning virtual dates. 71 per cent of people on the dating platform in India are ready to hit the reset button on their dating journey in the new year. For 75 per cent of people, the pandemic has made them now prioritise finding a partner who is more emotionally available. For more than half of (52 per cent) people on Bumble the pandemic has drastically changed what they are looking for in a partner.

man in blue and white plaid shirt using macbook pro The pandemic brought a lot of changes for daters, but many adjusted along the way by adopting video chat and planning virtual dates. | Photo by LinkedIn Sales Solutions on Unsplash

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Putting yourself out there can be nerve-wracking and sometimes all you need is an act of kindness and a compassionate gesture for a comfortable dating experience.

Putting yourself out there can be nerve-wracking and sometimes all you need is an act of kindness and a compassionate gesture for a comfortable dating experience. According to a recent survey by Bumble in India, emotional connection (60 per cent) and kindness (55 per cent) top the charts, followed by empathy (32 per cent), as priorities when it comes to dating someone or choosing a potential partner, post the second wave of the pandemic.

On this World Kindness Day, Bumble's relationship expert Shahzeen Shivdasani shares tips on the acts of kindness one should adopt when getting to know someone online:

Respect boundaries:
Be patient with people you are connecting with as you get to know them better. If someone has not responded to you, give them time and space to connect with you. They may have other priorities to attend to and this doesn't immediately translate to them not being interested. Give them the space to respond in their own time and get to know you when they can give you their full attention. Respecting someone's boundaries is vital.


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In the world of virtual dating, it can be hard to think of ideas to go beyond 'hey' or 'hello', but nothing beats the chemistry of a good conversation to calm the nerves!

Have you ever matched with someone online and realised you have no idea what to say to them? Do you worry about setting a bad impression with the first thing you say? In the world of virtual dating, it can be hard to think of ideas to go beyond 'hey' or 'hello', but nothing beats the chemistry of a good conversation to calm the nerves! Your first (virtual) date should be lighthearted and a two-way street. The easiest way to do so is to ask questions that matter to you and check your partner's interest in the same. All in all, don't be afraid to be yourself, after all the aim is to find someone as like-minded (or goofy) as you are.

Having introduced people to their love stories for over two decades from all around the world, dating app OkCupid lists down five conversation starters that will get you and your date talking!

'What's something that you really want to do?'
Being able to uninhibitedly discuss your dreams, goals, and desires on a first date can be a terrific approach to get to know someone better. Your goals don't have to be strictly professional-sharing what you'd like to achieve, whether it's learning to play the guitar or mastering Italian cooking, might help your date gain a better understanding of your life and priorities. Break the ice with your partner and ask what they seek from their life and what they truly wish for. In fact, 34 per cent of daters on the platform find questions around the partners' goals, plans and wishes a good conversation starter.

black and white typewriter on green textile Your goals don't have to be strictly professional-sharing what you'd like to achieve. | Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash

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It makes sense to hold the first date in a comfortable place where both partners will feel at ease.

By Daria

It makes sense to hold the first date in a comfortable place where both partners will feel at ease. Some key preferences should be considered when arranging a date. They differ from the candidate you have chosen to meet and build a relationship with. If you are having a usual date with the opposite gender, it is preferable to learn some of your partner's tastes and hobbies. It will help you understand what place and what activity to choose for the first date.

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