The report surveyed over 2,000 people between July and October, and examines how the pandemic has changed the way they date. It explores how people talk to each other about sexual health, contraception and dating intentions, and the importance of lockdown in shaping attitudes.
Research found that the pandemic has changed the attitude towards sex of many singles, with 25% saying they would sleep with someone quicker than normal. However, 23% of respondents said it would take them longer.
Similarly, conversations about sexual health are on the rise, with 45% saying they’re more open to conversations about their sexual health than they were pre-pandemic.
Singles are now more confident expressing their intentions on dating apps. 49% describe themselves as an open book and say they would happily lay out their dating intentions on their profile.
When it comes to what people are looking for, 38% say they’re on the hunt for ‘the one’, and 79% are doing so monogamously. However, 18% are just looking for sex, and a third would be open to any sort of connection, from a fling, something serious, or anything in between.
However, the key statistic from the report is that 52% of daters say they’re recognising both themselves and other users being more honest and authentic about their dating intentions.
Dr Sarah Welsh, co-founder of HANX, said: “The data in our report is really positive for conversations about sexual health. As we settle into cuffing season, it’s important that people are open about these conversations, their intentions and how to keep safe.
“It’s been a tough couple of years for daters, so we’re really excited to partner with Inner Circle to help get connections off screen and back into the real world. We believe that information is vital to positive sexual experiences.”
Read the full report here.