This Is What Dating Will Be Like In 2021

A new “Future of Dating”surveyby dating app OKCupid tried to answer that question. One big finding: People aren’t really open to dating outside party lines. 64% of OKCupid users said they preferred a date that shares their political views. And when asked the question: "Could you date someone who has strong political opinions that are the exact opposite of yours?" 60% of respondents worldwide said no. That’s a 7% increase from 2019.

Another big trend: Slow Dating. Coronavirus has forced singles to spend a lot more time getting to know each other through digital and virtual dating … and it’s a trend that will most likely continue into next year. 84% of people on OKCupid said it’s important to have an emotional connection before a physical one.

Another trend? Dating in the great outdoors. 59% of respondents worldwide said the pandemic made them want to have more outdoor adventures, and outdoor dates have become a popular option for in-person, socially-distanced meet-ups.