Lockdown Has Made People Want To Take Dating More Seriously, Study Finds

Annie Simon Annie Simon - Commercial Editor


Singles might have lost a year of dating amidst lockdowns and social restrictions, but they’re more than ready to make up for lost time.

Ask singles about their love lives over the past year and unsurprisingly (thanks, Covid), you’ll find it’s been tough. In fact, 72% of singles confirmed that dating has been ‘challenging’ and even ‘pointless’. BUT it’s not all doom and gloom folks. The vaccine rollout signals a light at the end of the tunnel and it looks like everyone is excited to kickstart their love lives again in summer 2021…

Yes, there’s optimism in the air as an Inner Circle survey found that 85% of singles say that they’re excited and hopeful about a new year of dating. Not to mention, it seems that the pandemic has kicked casual dating to the kerb for good – turns out everyone wants to lock it down post-lockdown with 73% of single people looking for a serious relationship in 2021.


These singles aren’t looking to settle for just anyone though. Oh, no. If you did happen to get caught in another lockdown again (please, no), you don’t want to be stuck with the wrong person. And that’s where Inner Circle can help. It’s an app that’s all about taking dating seriously, and their verification process means that you can rest easy knowing that any potential matches have been vetted by their expert team beforehand. It ensures that everyone you meet on the app is a real person and you won’t have your time wasted. So, if you want to cut through the weirdos and meet people who are on the same page as you, then it’s worth signing up.

In the wake of the pandemic the general consensus is to date more seriously and selectively. This isn’t the quick turnover of casual dating, this is…well, ‘slow dating’, if you will. And Inner Circle is the perfect choice to help you navigate the new dating scene. It’s an app for people who genuinely want to go on real dates, get to know like-minded potential matches, and enjoy the world of serious (but still fun) dating.

inner-circleTo help you on your way, here are some top tips:

Set your intentions: If you want to find a serious relationship, commit to putting yourself out there and meeting new people.

Try new things: Don’t blinker yourself by just looking for people that fit your ‘type’, keep an open mind. And if you’re not used to making the first move, maybe now is the time to start!

Meet irl, if restrictions allow: We all know a Zoom date just doesn’t quite do it. As soon as social restrictions allow, it’s time to take dating back into the real world. Inner Circle also hosts brilliant events around the city – these have been on hold, but as soon as it’s safe to do so, they’ll be back.


You’ve got to be in it to win it: Dating app algorithms mean that the more active you are, the more visible you are. Play the game by refreshing your profile and liking potential matches frequently.

Stick around for the late shift: Inner Circle predicts its busiest time to use the app will be between 9-11pm. A little late night conversation, anyone?

So if you’re ready to try something new, then kickstart your love life. Sign up to Inner Circle here.

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