What is Fast-Forwarding? The new dating trend is set to takeover 2022

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With dating comes a lot of trends, some can be seriously toxic like situationships and ‘cookie jarring’ while others can come with a change in the times, from societal shifts to social media and even just growing up. According to Bumble (opens in new tab), there’s a new trend emerging as a result of the pandemic—and it’s called 'Fast Forwarding.'

What is 'Fast-forwarding?'

Essentially it means you’re looking to the future, deciding what those plans look like, whether your partner fits, and looking out for all those dating green flags

Bumble says this trend started emerging after the pandemic and is set to be a big trend in 2022.  

According to the dating app, 34% of users surveyed say the pandemic has ‘drastically changed’ what they’re looking for in a partner—because let's be honest, we had a lot of time to sit around and think about it.

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Many also said they’re now prioritizing emotional availability, with over a quarter saying they’re caring less about appearances. Basically, the pandemic has made us all way more open to serious relationships, and if these last two years have taught any of us anything, it's that being stuck with someone 24/7 who you don’t connect with can be a real drag. 

Naomi Walkland, Head of Bumble UK & Ireland, said: “If 2020 was the year of reflection, 2021 has been a year of discovery and we expect to see that continue into the new year. Along with rediscovering some of our favorite date spots, we’ve seen that people on Bumble are looking to discover new people, new priorities, and explore new ways of dating.

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“As we head into the new year, our dating lives are a blank page, and this makes for an exciting time to try something new. It could be changing what we prioritize in a partner, being more intentional about when we date, or just sharing the activities we love. With half of the single people looking to ‘reset’ their dating, we anticipate that coming months will be big for romance.”

This info shows that singletons may be looking for more emotionally mature, and stable relationships, with people they can really see themselves in the future.

Naomi Jamieson
Naomi Jamieson

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, trends, fashion, and entertainment for GoodTo and My Imperfect Life. She also tests and reviews beauty and skincare products and tries out the latest TikTok hacks for My Imperfect Life.


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.