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More than 60% of single men think one-night stands will become a thing of the past

More than 60 per cent of single men think one-night stands will become a thing of the past once the pandemic comes to an end, compared to 45 percent of women. 

In general, singles between the ages of 18 and 40 say they're more likely to be virtually intimate through video chats, sexting and phone sex than physically intimate, according to a recent study. 

The stats were part of a recent survey of 2,900 single or casually dating Americans between the ages of 18 and 40. It was was paid for by the dating site Plenty of Fish and conducted by the polling site OnePoll. 

Of the 2,900 people surveyed, 66 percent say they'll continue to be virtually intimate compared to just 42 percent say they're open to physical intimacy and excited to get into the real-world dating scene again.

According to the study, 61 percent say they will be continue to be intimate during video chats, 54 percent say they will sext and 47 percent say they will use phone sex. 

The pandemic changed the way singles see in-person dating and intimacy, with 66 percent of singles saying they'll be as virtually intimate after the pandemic as they were during 

This is in explained - at least in part - by the nearly six in 10 respondents who say they place a higher value on emotional or intellectual intimacy over sex, while 45 percent find less value in the same thing. 

And 45 percent of singles feel more confident in their virtual sexual intimacy skills than their in-person skills, including 54 percent of men and 39 percent of women. 

The study also finds that these changes in behavior and mindsets are likely to be long-lasting.  

'Singles spent the last year adapting and learning how to date from a distance by using technology, such as video chats and livestreaming, to forge virtual connections with one another,' Kate MacLean, a resident dating expert from Plenty of Fish, said in a statement.

 'These tools have fundamentally changed the way singles date, from establishing deeper connections quicker to cultivating more meaningful relationships.'

More than three-quarters - 76 percent - of singles said they've been in a friends with benefits relationship since the pandemic began. 

And 85 percent of the time these friends with benefits relationships began when singles turned to their roommate - a trend Plenty of Fish has coined as 'room-mate-ing') - or someone they've known for years as a friends.

Singles also fulfilled their sexual needs via steamy TV shows (40 percent), subscribing to adult entertainment platforms (33 percent) and listening to podcasts about sex (30 percent).

'It has been incredible to see how singles took the last year in stride, and in doing so, changed their overall mindset and adapted their behavior when it comes to dating,' MacLean said.  

The new age, according to the study, is headed towards a direction of more serious relationships, with 57 percent of singles feeling optimistic they'll find 'the one' in 2021, which could start with a blind date. 

Of those surveyed, 65 percent of singles said the isolation made them more open to blind dates and 57 percent of singles said they've opened their dating pool to include people they might not have been interested in pre-pandemic. 

'Whether engaging in virtual sexual intimacy, turning to their roommates for a friends with benefits relationship or fulfilling their sexual needs by streaming steamy shows or subscribing to adult entertainment platforms, the pandemic has been a challenging time for everyone, especially singles,' MacLean said in her statement.

 'As we prepare to transition out of quarantine, we look forward to ushering in this new era of sex, dating and intimacy.'

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