Every year, there are new and evolving trends in the world of dating and relationships. And while it can seem overwhelming to try and keep up with all the latest terminology, if you’re single, it’s a good idea to learn the latest dating trends.

After all, you have to know what to watch out for!

Here are some of the top dating trends from 2022 and the ones to look for in 2023.

Winter Dating Trends

For some reason, winter can bring about certain tendencies among daters. And most of them aren’t great. Here are the ones to steer clear of:

Snow Globing

This is when someone acts more loving and interested in a serious relationship around the holiday season. In fairness, Christmas is a magical time and sometimes people just get swept up in the romance.

Winter Coating

When an ex comes back into your life during the colder months to rekindle the flame. You know, the way you pull out a winter coat when it gets cold only to stuff it back in a closet when spring comes.

So, basically like cuffing but with an ex.

Snow Storming

Ending an unhappy relationship during the holiday season. It’s a newer term, but the idea is that you’re letting go with a clean break.

Bluffing Season

The act of leading someone on in an attempt to cuff up for the winter.

Related Read: Dating Slang: New Millennial Dating Terms to Know in 2022

Dating trends for the new year

Dating Trends of 2022

These were the biggest dating trends from the last year.

Dry Dating

Going on a date that doesn’t involve alcohol. The idea with this one is that you’re more likely to actually form a connection with someone when you’re not drinking.

Power PDA

Couples engaging in unapologetic public displays of affection (think Kourtney K. and Travis Barker, MGK and Megan Fox, Ben and J. Lo)


Being newly single and approaching dating with the mentality of “the world is your oyster.”


Dating the same type of person over and over again but expecting different results.

Dawn Dating

Having your first date in the morning or early afternoon instead of in the evening.

Predicted Trends for 2023

According to the dating experts at Bumble and Plenty of Fish, here are the dating trends you can expect to see in 2023.


Setting clear boundaries and expressing your emotional needs early on in a relationship.

Open Casting

Being open to dating someone who isn’t your typical type. In other words, not limiting yourself on the basis of superficial characteristics.

Main Character Energy

Acting like the protagonist of your story. In dating, it refers to focusing on yourself and your needs and learning to put yourself first.


Being willing to date someone who lives in a different city.

Ethical Sex-ploration

Discussing sexual needs and wants early in a relationship. Also refers to the idea that people may be more open to open relationships.

Non-monogamous relationships and situationships are becoming more common. And that’s not likely to change in 2023.


Going on cheaper dates due to the rising cost of living.


Breaking up with someone who isn’t environmentally conscious.


Continuously planning dates with someone but never following through.

Funny Bone-ing

Being attracted to someone primarily because of their sense of humor.

What do you think of these dating trends? Let me know in the comments down below!

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  1. avatar
    Kelly Diane says:

    This is really interesting. From the predictions you’ve mentioned, I feel like there is going to be a huge shift in how we date in 2023. I think people are more aware of what they do and don’t want and are so much less likely to settle for less.

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      I agree, and I think that’s a good thing!

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    Ezioma Kalu says:

    I tried open casting this year, but it didn’t work. It’s not just for me. So I’d stick to dating who I’m attracted to.

    1. avatar

      That’s a fair point. I think the idea is not to get too tied down on one particular type, but general attraction is definitely important.

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