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Dawn dating – first thing in the morning – is the latest Gen Z fad.

Although the idea of dating has been pretty static over these past few decades, the way we date has changed over time: we’ve seen the rise of speed dating, online dating, blind dating, and even blindfold dating. Now, as more people feel that their post-work routine leaves them with very little time for social connection, especially when it comes to their love lives, a new trend is entering the stadium, that of dawn dating.

As the name implies, dawn dating is the act of going on a date with a potential love interest or even someone you’ve been seeing for a while, first thing in the morning. In other words, it’s going for an early breakfast, a morning jog, a leisurely stroll, a quick dip, or sunrise chasing before heading to work.

There are some great benefits to doing this, of course. The first is that you won’t be exhausted or distracted by work when you get to the date. Secondly, morning dates tend to be more casual, with fewer expectations on what to do and how long it should last. Thirdly, if the date goes well, it will give you an incredible boost of energy to keep you going for the rest of the day.

Nevertheless, there are also downsides, such as having to drag yourself to work even if the date goes bad and having to wake up even earlier than usual just to make the date happen.

From our end, we’re not entirely sure how we feel about dawn dating: while we love the concept – we’re not going to lie – we do like to lie in in the mornings. Moreover, the fact that some people now feel like they have no time to invest in their relationships after work has not been lost on us. Sure, this isn’t everyone, everywhere, but it’s still a worrying trend. 

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