As a dating coach and matchmaker, I’ve spent the past ten years conducting some very unconventional dating research using a business concept called “exit interviews.” Yup, that’s right: I called up your former dates and asked them what really happened when things didn’t work out.I want you to use this information as power, enabling you to have better success when the right person comes along next time.The New Year may not automatically mean coming up with a whole new you, but it certainly does have some interesting changes in store for anyone involved in a romantic relationship.Our matchmaking agency has been watching the trends and we’ve noticed a sizeable shift recently that we believe will be more noticeable in 2017.Instead of talk about it, the rational thing to do was to go back on Tinder and find some more boys to chat to, just in case the current one fell through.” Another cushioner, Lauren, said that she was still messaging lads while “hooking up” with her steady.“It was always awkward when their names would light up my phone while I was sleeping over [my boyfriend’s] place, but I felt like I needed them as an insurance policy,” she told the Tab.
“Cushioning” is a newly coined dating term wherein a partner in a monogamous relationship still flirts with other people — so if their main relationship goes kaput, there’s a backup ready.
Daters are slowly moving away from the “disposable” dating culture that doesn’t value personal contributions and are quietly embracing a more meaningful approach to romance.
Travel Dates Our matchmakers predict most of 2017’s dates will be Instagram-worthy.
We expect to see these two passions manifest into destination dates in exotic locales like one of the Seven Wonders or a new country neither of you have visited before.
Suggestive Texts It’s fun to send a few flirty texts to your significant other during the day to help spice things up.
“I go on dates with him before I go out with ‘A team,’ literally as a practice round.” Cushioning is the most recent term young people have come up with to articulate petty dating practices instead of communicating like rational adults.