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For those still using dating apps, Georgiou stresses the importance of listening to your gut instinct

Bumble, the dating app that claims to empower women by putting them in control of their interactions, believes that, post-pandemic, dating will never be the same again. They identified a period of “hardballing”, which emerged at the end of last year, and is a term for really knowing what you want, after months of reflection. For example, globally, two in three people say they are now prioritising emotional availability, and almost a quarter say they care less about appearances.

It means demanding more from dating culture, and trying at the very least, to reclaim some fun and joy, in the pursuit of love

Likewise, according to dating psychologist Madeleine Mason Roantree, one of the positives of the pandemic has been the realisation that meaningful connections are important, and how “one-nights stands as a default dating ‘strategy' are ultimately not satisfying”.

Bumble identified a growing trend for being consciously single, saying: “We've all heard of ‘conscious uncoupling' but 2022 is all about finding that someone, not just anyone. The pandemic has made half of us (53 per cent) realise that it's actually OK to be alone for a while. Looking ahead, people are consciously making a decision to be single, with the majority of singletons being more mindful and intentional in how, and when, they date.”

Psychotherapist Katerina Georgiou adds: “More people than ever are happily living their lives independently and this is something local hookup near me Las Vegas to celebrate.” Even Kim Kardashian - in the throes of divorce from Kanye West - told Vogue that she is now unashamedly “choosing herself”.