If you're a single Millennial, you're probably familiar with the endless struggle of trying to find love on dating apps. Sure, it doesn't take much effort to download an app and swipe right, but after that, online dating can be a serious sh*t-show. Trying to find a real connection on a dating app requires a lot of patience: you have to deal with all the bad behaviors that plague modern dating, from breadcrumbing to receiving massively mixed signals. So with all the downright infuriating nonsense Millennial daters have to endure, you might assume that our whole generation has become cynical AF about love, right?
It might sound crazy, but apparently, our generation is still pretty damn optimistic about finding love. On Valentine's Day, relationship-focused app Hinge published a new book — IRL— which is full of real anecdotes and fascinating stats that show how Hinge users (the majority of which are aged 23-36) really feel about dating in the digital age. According to IRL, 88 percent of singles said they feel 'hopeful' about dating — which is pretty pleasantly surprising given the many complications of modern dating.
"Our goal with IRL is to remind people that in a world of ghosting, flakes, and dick pics, there is also humor, joy, and ultimately love," Hinge spokesperson Jean-Marie McGrath tells Bustle.
If you've been feeling a little down in the dumps about your love life lately, here are seven stats that prove you shouldn't lose all hope. As it turns out, Millennials aren't all jaded, cynical a-holes — we're actually much more open to love than other generations might think.