What is Oystering? The dating trend that celebrates being single and ready to mingle

Let’s hear it for all the singles out there

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With a new year, comes an abundance of new dating trends. It seems after a lonely two years many are in a rush to get coupled up, with trends like Power PDA and fast-forwarding emerging. But it’s not just couples that are having the fun, according to Badoo, 2022 is all about ‘Oystering’ and embracing being single.

It’s refreshing to see some empowering dating trends appearing for all the singletons out there, especially post-pandemic which resulted in a lot of breakups, and some serious dry spells. You could practically hear all the breakup songs playing from miles around…

2021 saw a rise in FODA (fear of dating again) after going cold turkey for so long, but now thankfully it looks like the singles of the world are ready to get back out there.

What is Oystering?

So, what is Oystering? Put simply, the world is your oyster. It's all about living your best life and embracing the fact you’re single, especially if you’ve just gone through a breakup and are looking forward to diving right back into the dating pool. 

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Singles are feeling empowered about their relationship status and are taking control of their love lives, whether it’s going on lots of dates or none at all.

According to Badoo, 46% of its users are excited to start dating again, with 50% wanting to start out strong with their dating game in 2022. 

Badoo’s Global Dating Expert, Sophie Mann, says: “Dating is daunting after a relationship, but it doesn’t need to be. Ultimately, dating should be fun, and what better way to get over a breakup than having some fun?"

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“We’ve seen many people getting back into dating, and we predict this new trend of seizing the “dating” day will shine through as many singletons are feeling confident to go out there and get what they want.” 

Whether it’s joining all the best dating apps or putting yourself out there with your crush, 2022 is your year. 

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team, where she covers everything from entertainment to fashion and beauty, as well as TikTok trends for Woman&Home, after previously writing for My Imperfect Life and GoodTo. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but lept into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing and earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ.

Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.