New research from the Hinge Labs team has found that singles are looking to be more sexually adventurous this cuffing season.
The end of summer traditionally sees singles search for serious relationships ahead of the autumn and winter months. They generally want to find a partner to settle down with during the shorter days and longer nights.
However, this year it appears as though they are looking to make up for a lack of sexual activity over the past 18 months of lockdowns and quarantines. The singles still want to have just one partner but are apparently more inclined to experiment and see if their preferences have changed.
According to the study by Hinge Labs, 45% of users want to try something new in the bedroom and 80% say it’s important that a partner be sexually open and adventurous.
Logan Ury, Director of Relationship Science at Hinge, explained: “Casual hookups became anything but casual during the pandemic. Singles were forced to navigate lockdowns, single bubbles, and hard conversations about safety. And with all that alone time, many people went inwards, using their imaginations to lean into their fantasies.
“Now singles are ready to explore those desires with others. Our research shows singles are interested in fewer sexual partners, but more adventurous sex when they find the right person.”
Ury advises that singles should take the time to get to know their own bodies and then make sure they communicate directly with their partner.
The study also showed that daters in the US are still concerned about COVID-19, especially as the delta variant brings even greater uncertainty. Approximately 30% said they are less likely to have a one-night stand with someone and are now taking longer to be physically intimate with a new match.
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