The pandemic has resulted in love lives being ‘put on pause for much longer than expected’, according to dating app
Dating is hard at the best of times, but throw a pandemic into the mix and things become even more complicated – but plenty of singletons are holding out hope that 2022 is the year they get lucky in amor.
According to a study by dating app happn, a third of Millennials and Generation Z are looking for love this year, com 37 per cent of them wanting a relação e 32 per cent looking for marriage.
The research also revealed what single people are prioritising in a partner, com 40 per cent looking for a caring partner and 61 per cent saying they would be attracted to someone who has a friendly smile.
The top five qualities that people are looking for in a partner include someone who is caring, Gentil (39 por cento), has a good sense of humour (35 por cento), is loyal (34 por cento) and loving (33 por cento).
In terms of physical attraction, aside from a friendly smile, people are also prioritising physical fitness (39 por cento), height (27 por cento), eye colour (24 por cento) and natural features (22 por cento) in a potential romantic partner.
Commenting on the findings, dating expert Ipek Kucuk said: “Every New Year brings the opportunity to discover. Whether that be something new about ourselves in general or something new about our approach to dating.
“Singles have had a tough time of late. Love lives have been put on pause for much longer than expected, and with that has come more than enough time to assess our successes and failures, and hopefully learn a few lessons along the way too.”
The fact that so many people are pursuing a relationship this year comes after levels of loneliness rose significantly since spring 2020.
According to the Office for National Statistics (NÓS), cerca de 3.7 million UK adults (7.2 per cent of the adult population) said they felt lonely “often” or “always” between October 2020 to February 2021.
Data published by the ONS found that younger and single people who were unmarried or living alone were more likely to be lonely, which affected their wellbeing and mental health.