New Research on ‘Talking Stage’ Experiences

Research from dating platform CanWe dives deep into how singles feel about the ‘talking stage’ and their experiences with it.

The ‘talking stage’ refers to the early part of a potential romantic relationship where two singles are chatting. The vagueness and uncertainty of this stage leads to frustration, reports CanWe.

In a survey of 1,000 U.S. online daters, it found that 56% of online daters have deleted a dating app because of a negative experience in the talking stage. Additionally, 80% of these individuals admitted that they spend 1-5 hours pers week on talking stage conversations that go nowhere.

Why do people feel uncomfortable in the talking stage? Over half of respondents dislike it because conversations can feel awkward, with 44% explaining that communication can be unreliable or inconsistent during this period.

However, the group was in relative agreement that the talking stage is important. Over 62% of respondents liked the talking stage as it was helpful to them assessing the compatibility of a potential partner.

The next step is to figure out how to improve talking stage interactions. Over 83% of survey respondents believe that online dating platforms should show the lifestyle, political, physial and relationship preferences of potential matches. 

“Our survey confirms the talking stage is frustrating for most daters, who need and want help navigating the overwhelming romantic possibilities they find online or in real life”, said Russ Haywood, Co-Founder and CEO of CanWe.