Dating in 2022 isn’t getting any easier. But are you holding yourself back? Ditch your dating types, date differently, find yourself and maybe love at the same time.
What is groundhogging?
Are you stuck in an unending, repetitive cycle of online dating, never finding “the one”? You meet up, break up, make up only to break up again. You end up feeling down, disillusioned. Groundhogging.
Groundhogging borrows its name from the film Groundhog Day. A romantic fantasy-comedy where a man mystically finds himself stuck in a small town repeating the same day. So that’s what gave groundhogging meaning! Exactly!
Repeating the same day, like dating the same type of people and expecting different results, is a recipe for disappointment. Something has to change. The common denominator is you.
But what can you do? Dating in 2022 means breaking the pattern. If you usually pick dates who like to meet at the bar, go for someone who likes picnics instead. Pack a bottle of pomegranate lemonade to sip on and a bag of kettle-cooked potato chips to snack on. Grab a Maple soy cedar plank Atlantic salmon to munch on and finish with a slice of decadent double chocolate cream pie from the Valumart flyer for the next week. Try out your local park for a picnic. You may be surprised that a bit of change will go a long way!
Dating in 2022
What is happening to love in 2022? Dating in 2022 is different to other years. Although lockdowns are no more, there is still a pandemic, and life is not quite back to normal in all parts of the world.
USA Today states that more people will be direct and cautious due to COVID-19. Nearly half of Hinge users use video calls to screen compatibility before meeting face to face. It feels like dating in 2022 is impossible. If your dating habits are leaving you feeling stuck, then it is time to reflect inwardly. Take time to think about YOU. What do you want and (equally important) don’t want in a relationship?
Which leads us to…
What is oystering?
This new dating term refers to the saying “the world is your oyster.” Meaning that everything is open and available to you. There may be difficulties through life (opening the “oyster”), but if you are lucky, you may find a pearl.
This piece of wisdom has found its way into the dating world, and out of the despair of failed dates and breakups, there can be pearls if you just “oyster” your way through it. This positive affirmation can support people who have been groundhogging, meaning they can find more joy, and themselves, if they discard their old dating habits and make space for new possibilities.
Unsure of how to start oystering? Invest in yourself. There is an “oystering” app out there for you. Why not start with exploring self-awareness and try journaling. The Daylio Journal is a journaling app that is good for beginners. Journaling has been shown to help with self-confidence and communication skills. You can also explore getting outdoors more or starting a new hobby. All of this is important as…
“If you don’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?” – Rupaul
Dating in 2022 can be challenging. But being set in your ways and sticking to a type can hinder your hopes of finding love. This is groundhogging, and it can keep you in a negative cycle. Although it seems like dating in 2022 is impossible, there is a silver lining as everyone is in a similar dating situation and navigating through the pandemic the best they can. Oystering can be a way to find hope after bad dates and breakups. The key to this is knowing yourself. It all starts with you.