The Inner Circle has commissioned a piece of research to try and find out why singles in the UK are no longer meeting new romantic partners in real life.
The survey was produced after online dating became the most popular method for people to meet, according to a journal article from Stanford University earlier this year.
However, out of the 2,000 singles that the dating app surveyed, 75% said that they would prefer an offline “meet-cute”. Some of the most common reasons for this are because they think it is more natural, more romantic and gives the couple a better story to tell.
Despite these aspirations of rom-com style connections, only one-third of respondents have approached someone they’ve found attractive in the past three months.
They are apparently being held back by feeling nervous, a fear of rejection and not wanting to embarrass themselves if the person is already in a relationship.
Known for its wide variety events, The Inner Circle also wanted to gather the participants’ opinions towards nights that are specifically set up for single people.
Some of the biggest turn offs toward these events are that they could be perceived as “weird” and there is also a stigma that the people who go to them are desperate. The app combats these beliefs by suggesting singles parties are the ideal place for those who want to meet in real life but are scared of approaching someone that isn’t single.
50% of the individuals questions compared singles nights to “awkward school discos”, while 27% would prefer to go to one if there wasn’t a fixed activity planned.
Read the full results here.