3 in 4 singles want to meet their partner in real life, but 7 in 10 think it’s now more common to meet someone online. We surveyed more than 2,000 people who are currently dating in the UK to find out what is getting in the way of IRL romances.
Eyes meeting across a crowded bar. Hands brushing as you reach for the same Pret sandwich. Missing a train but finding the love of your life in the waiting room. Rom-com meet-cutes have long been romanticised as the ideal way to meet a partner.
But now we’re able to date from behind our phones, these love-at-first-sight moments are fast becoming a thing of the past. In fact, on average, singles approach someone they fancy IRL only once every 2.4 years. So, it’s no surprise that most people are finding more romance online than on the street.
If single people are ever going to have a shot at their heart-racing, life-changing, IRL dream, our research says it’s time to step away from swiping.
Online dating overtook meeting in real life as the most popular way to find a relationship roughly 4.6 years ago but 3 in 4 would still prefer an IRL meet-cute.
A party is the perfect IRL meet-cute. Here’s how singles would love to meet:
Only 3 in 10 single people say they have been approached by someone in the last three months.
But daters are missing a (party) trick when it comes to finding love IRL.
Despite being the perfect solution to this dating conundrum, 1 in 3 singles admit to thinking singles parties are a good idea but say they wouldn’t be willing to go to one.
1 in 2 people think singles parties are like awkward school discos while 1 in 5 associate them with the 90’s or Bridget Jones.
Singles parties need a rebrand if they are going to win the hearts of daters.
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