How Generation Z Handles Online Dating
Relationships have definitely gotten a lot more complicated these days among the younger generations. We now have friendzones, friends with benefits, not-so-single, it’s complicated, polyamory, and more in addition to the usual vanilla relationships.
All of that is thanks in part to technology, specifically phones, and the internet which has paved way for a new generation of romantics. Hence, dating is more complex than ever yet it is also made more simple at the same time. It’s definitely easier to find a date online. However, the latest generation of teenagers today from Generation Z, certainly do in a different manner.
Here is exactly how Generation Z (born in mid-1990s to early 2000s) handles online dating:
They love dating apps
Tinder is one of the most popular standard dating or hookup apps and its primary platform is the smartphone. Hence, the majority of its users are either Gen Z or millennials, the generation before them. Gen Z users actually number in at nearly 40 percent of all Tinder users and that is just one dating app. Some even go as far as using a virtual private network (VPN) to circumvent region locks and you can even bet they have their own best VPN for that.
This does make them impatient
With all the amount of dating that is available for Gen Z, it has become somewhat of a casual activity for them. They can easily find what they want on the internet and terms like “Netflix and chill” have become the norm.
But they also find dating trickier
Having a lot of options for dating apps is a double-edged sword. It is actually staggering and Gen Z are often overwhelmed by it just as much as older generations. Some Gen Z actually regard the numerous dating apps as added obstacles to finding their partners.
They are a lot less picky
In fact, Gen Z is a lot less selective about their dating partners and tend to “swipe” or agree to around a third of their potential matches. That is quite a significant chunk higher than millennials, Gen X, or baby boomers’ dating preferences. Gen Z daters are more than willing to compromise, that or they just want to have more chances of winning.
But they tend to avoid sex
This one stems from a 40-year-study of teenagers. Despite the ease and availability of dating apps, Gen Z people actually tend to avoid sex, alcohol, and generally going outside. That is due to the fact that they are so attached to their phones or computers. They still date though, sometimes even forming long-distance relationships.
They are less sexist
For a good reason too. Apparently, older generations can still be quite traditional where they expect the male to actually make the “first move” in just about anything. Meanwhile, Gen Z youngsters, around 59 percent of them, do not care at all whether it is the female or the male making the first move.
But they know consent better
In a world of social media trials by publicity and the #MeToo era, Gen Z’s have learned to adapts. As a result, they tend to take consent a lot more seriously than older generations. Gen Z men, in particular, all fear that online tribunal which has put so many sexual deviants on public trial.
And they are actually more open to other sexualities
A study has shown that around only two-thirds of all Gen Z individuals are heterosexual. That means a huge chunk of all Gen Z’s are open to exploring other sexualities or genders and this also translates to online dating. There are actually dating apps which also cater to them and their increasing needs for sexual identification.
They are less perfectionist
Dates can easily turn into a nightmare when at least one of you finds something disappointing if only a little bit. Gen Z folks, however, put less pressure on their expectations. In fact, they are more likely to go for simple dates compared to older generations. They certainly do know how to be relaxed and fun while being less extravagant when it comes to dates.
But they tend to avoid long-term relationships
This is also quite typical of millennials. Both of them feel uneasy about long-term relationships. Around 50 percent of them who participated in a particular survey also claimed that they fear to settle for the wrong person and are afraid to miss out on someone else who might be better. Others fear to lose their independence or time for hobbies.