Recently, Plenty of Fish launched a new study highlighting that singles are ending up being more self-aware of their behaviour and development. This became part of a new collaboration in between the dating app and non-profit organisation A Call to Men.

International Dating Insights had the satisfaction of talking with Shannon Smith, dating specialist at Plenty of Fish, to explore this story even more.

: It’s great to find out about the collaboration in between Plenty of Fish and A Call to Men. What do you feel A Call to Men’s competence gives this collaboration?

Shannon: A Call to Men is everything about appreciating and valuing oneself by aiming to live authentically– and as a non-profit, they have substantial knowledge in education and training around healthy masculinity. These topics are, naturally, really carefully linked with the world of dating and relationships. Together, we share a typical vision of a much healthier and more considerate society through education and moving social standards. In my viewpoint, we’re an ideal match! In pursuit of our shared objectives, we partnered on a joint research study to reveal present dating habits and spark discussions on how to make dating more inviting for everybody.

: Focusing on men particularly, what do you believe the current study informs us about healthy dating and self-awareness?

Shannon: Unhealthy dating behaviours and routines aren’t always simple to acknowledge within oneself. Our research study reveals that singles are making active strides to much better comprehend how their actions may affect their relationships– and men are leading that charge. With 73% of men stating they’ve been the anti-hero or reason for a stopped working relationship, it’s clear that men are self-reflecting, with 66% stating they’re dealing with enhancing themselves for future relationships (vs. 55% of women)*. They’re prepared to dig much deeper into the uneasy “whys” behind a relationship not exercising, and identify favorable methods to move on. Surprisingly, in contrast to the typical story about men and their mindsets towards treatment, when asked how they plan to enhance themselves for future relationships, 41% of men specified that they ‘d really look for treatment to overcome previous injuries, compared to 33% of women *.

: Considering these insights, exist any specific characteristics or patterns amongst Gen Z that vary from other generations?

Shannon: We’re seeing Gen Z singles take a more easygoing technique to dating and relationships (for example, less than half of them, 48%, think that dating cause a more serious relationship when sleeping over is included, compared to 64% of Millennials *). This might be credited to numerous elements, such as age and maturity, however there’s likely more to it! Gen Z has actually matured in the digital age, with social networks and the internet at their fingertips at all times, and for much of them, their formative, developmental years were interfered with by the COVID-19 pandemic. While society is mostly back to “regular”, dating rules altered significantly throughout those years (believe Zoom/FaceTime dates, casual at-home dates, and so on) and we might be seeing a few of the effects end up being long-term shifts for this more youthful generation. In addition, just 64% of Gen Z state they’ve been the “anti-hero” or factor things didn’t exercise in previous relationships compared to 76% of Millennials, recommending that Gen Z might have a less concrete understanding of how their actions may adversely affect their loved one *.

: As singles begin reviewing their own possibly toxic past behaviour, what are some crucial manner ins which Plenty of Fish is assisting to produce favorable dating experiences?

Shannon: Over the years, Plenty of Fish has actually regularly made efforts to enhance the dating experience for singles. In 2019, we were the first dating app to prohibit face filters, and in 2020 we were the first to present live streaming as a new way of dating throughout the pandemic– both features were presented with the objective of making dating low-pressure and more genuine.

In 2015, we introduced Are You Sure, developed to be an in-app partner of sorts, making use of triggers that appear and ask someone to reassess striking send out when a message might be thought about too risque or offending by the receiver. Simply last fall, we released Cue ‘d Up, the market’s first in-app card video game created to make dating more enjoyable, inviting and down-to-earth.

Analyzing healthy and unhealthy dating behaviours is a focus of ours that’s rooted in the belief that understanding and self-awareness (while still motivating lots of enjoyable) enhances the dating experience for everybody. Through our collective research study with A Call to Men, we wish to motivate singles to take an action back, look inwards and be cognizant of the behaviour they’re giving the table as they browse dating– since there is real chance to enhance their existing and future relationships in doing so.

: Looking ahead to 2023, what are the most significant patterns you anticipate to see when it pertains to favorable dating behaviours?

Shannon: Singles are concentrated on their self-regard and are ending up being significantly clear about what they’re searching for by developing borders– consisting of around their deal-breakers. This has actually led to an increase in the pattern of Main Character Energy (MCE) in the dating world. MCE, as it connects to dating, includes prioritising oneself and not losing time on those who do not fulfill one’s requirements or needs. This shift is evidenced by the truth that 49% of singles state they have actually made a current active modification to put themselves first **.

Self-awareness allows people to interact their needs and limits better, causing much healthier and more satisfying relationships. It likewise permits singles to assess previous dating experiences and gain from them, avoiding the repeating of unfavorable patterns in future relationships. Eventually, self-awareness is important to effective dating as it promotes individual development, much better communication, and more fulfilling relationships. It’s my hope that these and other favorable dating behaviours rooted in regard and sincerity are not patterns at all, however rather embraced full-time as much better methods to date.

You can discover Plenty of Fish’s article about this collaboration and healthy dating here.

* 2,000 single or delicately dating Gen Z and Millennial Americans were surveyed in January 2023 by OnePoll, in a research study commissioned by Plenty of Fish in collaboration with A Call to Men.

** More than 8,000 U.S.-based Plenty of Fish users were surveyed online in late August 2022. Individuals were ages 18-74 with 51% determining as male and 48% woman.