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Would You Go On a 5-Hour First Date?

According to Upward dating app, five hour dates lead to forever…

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Would You Go On a 5-Hour First Date?

According to Upward dating app, five hour dates lead to forever…

According to the Upward dating app, slow burn dating is the latest trend to hit its app — and its working.

It seems every week there’s a new dating trend and this week’s moment might be controversial. Slow burn dating is the opposite of every fire sign’s fav: falling in love overnight. For Upward lovers, slow burn dating is the five-hour date, versus the usual 90 minutes over coffee or dinner. Approximately “half of the couples who found love on the app, had an epic five-hour first date,” the brand shared.

Of these brave singles, about 80% reported talking about family and the future. Others reported discussing shared hobbies and interests, which pro tip: is a great way to ideate next date ideas. But it seems 40% of them had an advantage: they felt an instant spark when they met.

Rachel DeAlto, the brand’s chief dating expert, says the secret to slow burn dating, or in this case, surviving a five-hour date, is all about “taking the time to really get to know someone before deciding if they’re worth pursuing.”

If you’re a fan of the virtual vibe check or pre-date chat, this is your moment to shine. Make sure you chat before the date and align on the basics before investing in a five-hour date. Upward shared, “83% of these couples did just that, and keeping in line with Gen Z preferences.” 62% vetted initial chemistry via Facetime or video chat to make sure they weren’t headed to another awkward dinner.”

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