Contrary to popular opinion, online dating and hookups are not a thing of the past. In fact, thousands of people are heading to websites like Datingrooin growing numbers. Recently, Datingroo released the results of a survey on the hookup hotspots across the globe.
Since the first wave of COVID- 19, there has been an 85% rise in online hook up services. As bars, cafes, and malls became prohibited spaces, singles and couples flocked to dating apps to get some action. And this is a consistent trend despite gender, age, and orientation.
The survey titled “Hookup Hotspots Of The World” reveals the hook up places on our planet. Spain ranks first as THE hookup capital of the world, while Australia came in 3rd with more than 2400 spots. At number 10 is Belgium with less than 350 hookup hotspots. Compare this with Spain, where you can find almost 300 spots in Madrid alone.
Hotspots are basically outdoor hookup and cruising locations, i.e. hookup spots in a particular location where people can engage in various sexual activities (even doing in their cars while others watch!) Spaniards are big fans of dogging, as per the study, while American are more into cruising.
Other studies also show that people are looking for alternate means of socialising (not just hook ups), and this is likely to continue post-pandemic as well.
On the question of safety, those who are new to the world of digital hook ups can follow some best practices to make their experience safer and rewarding.
For instance, you should be yourself and don’t lie or exaggerate. Likewise, if someone doesn’t like who you are, don’t be afraid to let them go. It takes time, but eventually you’ll be much happier finding someone who accepts your true self.
Secondly, when it comes to online dating websites, there is so much variety. You have popular ones, and also websites that serve particular niches (such as dogging). These bring similar people with common interests together, which makes it easier to start conversations.
Moving on, the experience can be disappointing because it seems like you’re going through a list of potential matches who don’t live up to your expectations. Whether you’re getting rejected or rejecting someone, just remember that things don’t always work out.
A good profile picture is perhaps the best thing you can do for yourself. Click a few shots, and then ask a friend for an honest opinion. The idea is to get a happy picture that will really grab people’s attention. At the same time, it should be a clear photo that shows off your face.
Finally, be wary of anyone contacting you with a generic message that has been copied and pasted several times over. There are a lot of online players whose primary goal is to date lots of people at a time; they take on a fake persona, use really hot—but ultimately misleading profile pictures—and send messages that read like they could have been sent to everyone.
Finally, while it’s important to stay safe and not give out too much personal info, what you do share should be detailed. Give specifics, not generalities. Don’t just say that you like to travel. Give examples of trips you’ve been on or would like to take. Show your passions and interests, as that’s what will make a lasting impression.
Overall, online hookups can be a rewarding experience, potentially leading to ongoing meetups (if that’s what you’re looking for). Some of the safest dating apps include Bumble, Tinder, OkCupid, Hinge, and Coffee Meets Bagel.