Online dating trends 2016

The New Year may not automatically mean coming up with a whole new you, but it certainly does have some interesting changes in store for anyone involved in a romantic relationship.

Our matchmaking agency has been watching the trends and we’ve noticed a sizeable shift recently that we believe will be more noticeable in 2017.

But the fear that online dating is changing us, collectively, that it's creating unhealthy habits and preferences that aren't in our best interests, is being driven more by paranoia than it is by actual facts.

"There are a lot of theories out there about how online dating is bad for us," Michael Rosenfeld, a sociologist at Stanford who has been conducting a long-running study of online dating, told me the other day.

Hint at what you want to do when you see each other next or snap a playful photo to surprise your date on their lunch break.

This is a good way to let your date know you’re thinking of them between dates.

Of course, others have worried about these sorts of questions before.

Having constant access to a pool of potential matches at their fingertips is making people more impatient, causing unrealistic expectations for first dates and a general decline in effort.

Daters are "more quick to judge because they know that if you're not spectacular, they can go back to their inbox, and just swipe right again tomorrow," Jacoby says.

Average time spent daily by users on mobile dating apps Users of Grindr, for instance, give more than half an hour per day to use the app.

Meanwhile, users of OKCupid, Match and Tinder devote 13 to 15 minutes of their day to find the best date.