Tinder launches Gen Z dating dictionary
Sex and relationships
March 6, 2023 | 13:13
A ‘dating dictionary’ of terms used by generational singles was created in response to widespread confusion among older generations.
Tinder has released a helpful guide after research found that 62 per cent of 18-25 year olds feel they speak a completely different language to older singles when it comes to dating.
Sydney-based sex and relationship expert Georgia Grace explained how a ‘dating dictionary’ can help anyone – even those who are not dating and in a relationship.
“While the basics of dating haven’t really changed, most Gen Z feel they speak a very different language than their parents and grandparents when it comes to dating,” he told news.com.au.
“While this isn’t too much of a concern—since people typically date within their own generation—the dictionary facilitates dating conversations between different generations.
“It’s fascinating to read.”
Many of the terms listed were identified in the Tinder Year In Swipe 2022 report published in December.
“It’s mainly young singles who create these new phrases and expressions to loosely define their relationship status and go viral on social media and share them among their friend groups,” Georgia explained.
“Language is constantly evolving, but with the use of technology we see it change even faster.
“It’s evolving at such a fast pace that sometimes even I have to ask someone on my team to translate a new dating phrase — and it’s my job to keep up with relationship trends.”
New additions to the dating dictionary
A term that Tinder has highlighted as something 25+ has never heard before involves “cushioning”, which refers to maintaining multiple backup relationships to soften the blow if your main relationship doesn’t last.
“Situationship” is another addition to the modern vocabulary, describing that sticky in-between state where someone is more than hooking up, but not quite a couple.
Another relatively unknown term is “dateview,” coined to describe when a date feels more like an interview.
Grace said there were some new terms in 2023 as well, including “kitten fishing” and “rice”.
“[Kitten fishing] your life, your appearance, etc. refers to modifying or embellishing certain aspects of yourself to make yourself more attractive on dating apps – this is different from catfishing, which is pretending to be someone else entirely,” Georgia explained.
“Rizz stands for Charisma – you’re alluring, you’re engaging, you’re basically irresistible.”