Our music tastes aren’t the only ones getting Wrapped this year – dating app Tinder has released its year-end findings for Filipino dating preferences. Called the “Year in Swipe,” the list exposes our flirting habits, from relationship labels and dating trends, to even which emoji will prob get you a date.
The “situationship” is a valid relationship status
More than a hookup but not quite a traditional relationship, the “situationship” is a casual – yet clearly defined – relationship that came to rise in 2022.
Tinder saw a 49%1 increase in members adding the new relationship intention to their profiles. Over 1 in 102 surveyed young singles said they prefer situationships to develop a relationship with less pressure.
Positivity was a major plus
Originally known as the parking symbol, 🅿️ has been repurposed to represent Pushin P and was the number 1 trending emoji globally on Tinder this year.
An interesting shift from the trending emojis of years past ( 🤦in 2019, 🤷in 2020, and 👀in 2021), members turned to 🅿️ to let the world – and their matches know ‘positivity’ and keeping it real is precisely what they’re looking for.
In the Philippines,❤️ is the most used emoji, representing the renewed interest in itinadhana among Pinoy daters. Completing the top three emoji in 2022 are 😘 and 😊.
The dinner date could soon be dead.
73% of Pinoy young adults aged 18-25 prefer simpler dates like taking a walk or grabbing a coffee, per Tinder’s survey.
56% prefer to go on a foodie date like checking out new brunch spots, 40% still want to go on a classic movie date, 20% like to go on a music date such as going to a gig, 21% will explore culture date in museums or galleries, and 15% will look for an active date like climbing, hiking, and cycling.
Less traditional and more authentic experiences are in. Other creative activities like camping, BBQs, trying new things, and street food made it into the top 10 trending global interests on Tinder.
Sober dates are very much alive
Alcohol-free dates have become a way for singles to be more authentic on dates and challenge traditional dating norms. Over 25% of surveyed young singles on Tinder said they drink less on dates than last year, while 72% of members said on their Tinder profiles that they don’t drink or only drink occasionally.
Being funny, fresh, and forward is the standard
A sense of humor was what members looked for most when reading a potential match’s profile, and 73% of young singles surveyed across all genders said they were looking for someone who is clear about what they want and has good hygiene.
When asked what the most important characteristics are in a potential date, young singles prioritized value-based qualities like loyalty (79%), respect (78%), and open-mindedness (61%) over looks (56%).
Stances on social issues could make or break a match.
Three-quarters (75%) of singles were looking for a match who was respectful of or invested in social issues. Additionally, the Activism and Voters Rights Interests increased (84% and 37%, respectively) in Tinder profiles this year.
Nostalgia stanning was a flex.
Young singles are getting inspo from 90s and noughties dating trends. The fastest growing interests on Tinder were blasts from the past like 90’s Kid, Anime, and Sneakers.
Even everyone’s favorite new old song, Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” made a comeback and was in the top 10 Spotify Anthems noted on Tinder profiles
The 🚩(red flag) & 🌫️ (gaslighting) emojis were trending for a good reason.
Toxic relationships aren’t new, but all of the tips and psychoanalysis on social media show that young singles are more clued up about the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to dating.
Over half (58%) of surveyed young singles said they could identify a green or red flag when dating. In 2022, singles have fine-tuned their BS radars – and we’re here for it. Tinder members can check out School of Swipe™ for more on healthy and safe dating.
Revenge travel racked up the miles on Tinder
After two pandemic-filled trips around the sun, singles could finally get back to exploring new horizons with fewer or no restrictions. 18-25-year-olds passported on average 9 times a month with top passport destinations of Pinoy daters, including Great Britain, the USA, and Australia. Locally, Pinoy daters’ top cities to passport to are Quezon City, Cebu City, and Baguio.
Singles look to the stars for guidance
Star signs were the most popular descriptor added to Tinder bios behind smoking preferences, pets, and diet.
Leos, Scorpios, and Cancers were the signs most likely to include their sign in their bios, and surprisingly, all star signs were most likely to match with the same zodiac sign.