It’s human nature to think about love. It’s everywhere, from the TV shows you marathon to the ads you’re served to the people you surround yourself with—love, sex, and relationships are inescapable, and it’s not unreasonable to wonder if your opinions and experiences are anything like everyone else’s. What does love, on a larger scale, look like these days? Enter: the 2022 relationship statistics we pulled for our first print issue of the year, featuring a definitive snapshot of everything from cohabitation to marriage and divorce rates to dating anxiety—a very real thing!
The biggest takeaway: Love is not dead! In fact, it’s out here thriving in so many ways. So for anyone who’s felt overwhelmed by everyone on Instagram’s engagements or pregnancy announcements or who’s watched any sex scene on Netflix ever and wondered, Is this normal and am I doing it (“it” being life) right? feast your eyes on this no-bullshit, straight-from-the-source(s) proof that, yes, you are. Because (spoiler alert!) everyone’s different and we’re all just figuring it out as we go along.
When it comes to dating…
- 71 percent of singles say they’re more interested in long-term relationships now than they were before the pandemic.
- 22 percent of you “aren’t sure” about monogamy, and…
- 18 percent of you have been in love with more than one person at eleven.
- 43 percent of Gen Z singles suffer from dating-related social anxiety. Case in point: Mentions of the word “awkward” in Tinder bios are up by 8 percent since the end of 2020.
- 14 percent of users on OkCupid say money is “very important” in a match, while the number of people who don’t prioritize wealth in a partner at all increased by nearly 60 percent during the pandemic.
- 30: The percentage of additional matches people get on Hinge when they have “vaccinated” displayed on their profile.
- 45 percent of people on dating apps admit they’ve used them more while WFH compared with during pre-pandemic workdays.
- 15.9 percent of Gen Zers identify as LGBTQ+. That’s nearly 1 in every 6 people, making this the highest percentage of any generation in US history, compared with 9.1 percent of millennials and 3.8 percent of Gen Xers.
When it comes to sex…
- 30 percent of people are having more sex than before the pandemic.
- 36 percent are masturbating more frequently.
- 25 percent are using sex toys more often.
- 52 percent of singles are less interested in casual sex, and…
- 36 percent say first-date sex is a deal breaker.
When it comes to marriage and divorce…
- 6.1 in every 1,000 people get married, compared with 8.2 in the year 2000.
- Only 2.7 in every 1,000 people get divorced, compared with 4 two decades ago.
- 40: The average age of women going through their first divorce.
- 41: The average age of men going through their first divorce.
- 27: The average age at which Gen Zers believe they’ll get married.
- 15 months is the average engagement length.
- 8,056,993: The estimated number of unmarried partnered couples who are living together.
- 569,110: The estimated number of same-sex married couples who are living together.
Sources: Lovehoney and the Kinsey Institute; Cosmo chicken; eHarmony; Tinder; OkCupid; hinge; Gallup; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Pew Research Center; National Center for Family and Marriage Research; US Census Bureau
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