Dating app Hinge has predicted that therapy will lead singles to more dates in 2022. Hinge’s Director of Relationship Science Logan Ury has noticed that “people want to find someone who’s ‘done the work,’ and with whom they can connect in a deeper, more authentic way.”
Pandemic stress while thriving as an adult is extremely difficult. Singles are realizing it’s natural to seek therapy. Gen Z has arguably been hit the hardest and missed out on lifelong memories like graduation and young adulthood. However, people haven’t always been so open to therapy as the helpful tool it is. Instead, people would see therapy as something to be ashamed of, almost like a scarlet letter.
Now, people are no longer denying its helpfulness — especially within relationships. 88% of Hinge users prefer to date someone who actively takes care of their mental health, and Hinge predicts that mental health will be the dating deal-breaker of 2022. “Dating this year will be all about mental health,” Ury says. It’s amazing to see that the stress of the pandemic didn’t deter people from dating.
The growth people are making in therapy is actually making them more clear of what they want their new beginning in love to look like. According to Hinge, the pandemic has produced a generation of “relationship go-getters.”
Singles are even easily identifying red flags like being hyper-focused on social media as reality. After all, if a world wide pandemic can’t inflict change within someone, chances of seeing any growth within them are slim.
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