If you’re on the dating scene, expect things to get a lot more adventurous in the new year. Dating app Bumble conducted a worldwide survey of over 14,000 users to find out which trends are set to take over your love life in 2023. And it turns out that hookups will be all about curiosity and openness.
Dubbed “ethical sex-ploration” (per Metro), the trend focuses on trying new things and inviting your date to join you. Bumble explains that daters are prioritizing sex, and 40% of survey respondents say they approach physical intimacy in an experimental manner. Additionally, 53% say it’s essential to openly talk about sexual wants and needs with a new partner early on — no need to be shy or indirect.
One in five Bumble users also says they’ve explored their sexuality more in the last year, and these findings are consistent with other recent studies on sexuality. For example, a 2021 YouGov America survey found that 25% of Americans are open to non-monogamy, led mostly by millennials, followed by Gen Z respondents. A separate Bumble survey also found that 14% of people noted a change in their sexual preferences after the pandemic started, with many redefining their sexual orientation and identity.