Selective dating app The Inner Circle has published some key insights from the past year, along with some relationship predictions for 2020.
There was an average of 60 messages sent between matches before numbers were exchanged. CEO David Vermeulen expects that number will fall over the next 12 months, as singles might want to combat dating app fatigue by engaging in less small talk and getting together in real life.
He also believes young people could stop exchanging phone numbers altogether, instead opting to share social media profiles and talking over Instagram DMs.
Basic conversation openers, such as “hi”, “hello” and “hey”, were the most popular introductions, despite garnering 45% fewer responses than more creative lines.
Men were 70% more active than women over the past year, a figure that is consistent with findings from across the mainstream segment of the industry.
Popular conversation topics included sports like rugby and football, as well as Brexit and veganism. Members of the Kardashian family were mentioned 1000% more than environmental activist Greta Thunberg on The Inner Circle.
In contrast, data from Tinder showed that Gen Z users were more likely to mention social causes in their bio than their travel experiences.
Vermeulen also predicts daters will be more open to going to singles events, like those hosted by The Inner Circle, as they try to get together with people in the real world rather than being stuck on an app.
Visit The Inner Circle website here.