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10 Jan

2020 Dating Trends to Watch Out For

The dating world in the 21st century is a scary place and as we enter a new decade, this isn’t about to get any easier. There are constantly new trends to keep up with but while it might seem like everything is getting harder, once you get the hang of the new terminology, it can actually be a change for the better. Kind of. You’ll know where you stand at the very least.

Here’s everything you need to watch out for in 2020. Good luck! 


Everyone’s heard of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s “Fleabag”, arguably one of the most iconic shows of the decade, and her infamously bad track record with men. Feel like you can relate with her experiences? You’re definitely suffering from “fleabagging”, aka consistently choosing the wrong men.

Maybe 2020 will be the year you meet your hot priest?

Dial Toning

Girls have kind of been playing this game for years, because it’s essentially when someone gives you their number to text them, but when you do you never hear back. Kind of like giving out a fake number? Except now we’re being played, sorry ladies.

Maybe 2020 will be the year you meet your hot priest?


According to Plenty of Fish, about 47% of us singles have been affected by cause-playing, which is when you get back in touch with that one ex you dumped but just can’t forget about and ask them for a favour.

Basically, if you’ve ever received a text along the lines of “hey, I’m playing a gig / running a marathon / growing a moustache for Movember, fancy coming along / donating?” then you’ve been a victim. To be quite honest, not the worst dating trend out there. I’d definitely take this over ghosting.


Ever been chatting to your newly partnered up bestie and thought “wow, didn’t realise you loved camping so much”? Chances are, they hated camping before but surprise surprise, new BAE loves it. Nope, it’s not just you, we’ve all been there. So much so, it’s got it’s own section in the list: eclipsing.

For anyone still confused, eclipsing is when you (or your friend) adopts new interests and hobbies that they’ve previously never shown any interest in, because their new partner likes them.

If it makes you feel any better, I once developed a liking for Rick and Morty and Minecraft while dating an ex. Those were some dark days.


Maybe one of the worst, just because it doesn’t involve you and your new BAE, but rather your new BAE’s ex. Yup, possibly the one person you don’t want in your life in any capacity, and they just wont leave you alone.

Apparently, about 22% of singles have, once upon a time, had a partner’s ex haunt them through social media or, even worse, in real life. It’s enough to make any budding relationship crumble.

Yellow Carding

When football meets dating, you get yellow carding, which is where you call someone out on their terrible dating etiquette.

If you wanted to take it even further you could red card them, aka dump them completely, which might be the better option. Just saying.


Not quite as bad as getting stood up completely, glamboozled is when you get dolled up and ready, only to have your plans fall through last minute. If you’ve ever spent more than half an hour doing your makeup, you know how truly gutting this would be.

Over half of us have experienced this, according to Plenty of Fish, which honestly is just sad. Think of all that wasted makeup.


Okay so this one’s a little bit more complicated and long-winded. It refers to when you only date people based on their Myers-Briggs Type, or “Love Language” compatibility as it’s often referred to.

If you want to give this a go, take the test first and find out who you’re compatible with. If you ignore anyone who doesn’t fit this very specific type, then you’re typecasting. May or may not refer to refusing to date someone because they’re a raging Tory. We’ll let you decide that.


It’s ghosting, but in a nice way. You’re still fully ghosting someone, but you give them some semblance of an explanation before you disappear off the face of the planet. Not one I’ve had much experience of, to be quite honest.

Alex Wright

I’m a freelance writer and digital artist working in marketing and social media. I’m an avid animal lover, protector of bees, flexi-vegan (don’t ask) and a self-proclaimed feminist queen. You’ll probably find me standing awkwardly at the bar getting a little too drunk during social events.

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