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If you're on TikTok, Twitter or Instagram, you've probably already heard of Hot Girl Summer. The meme began back in 2019 with rapper Megan Thee Stallion's hit song of the same name. Since then, it has been making yearly appearances to describe a summer of living your best life without shame or self-consciousness.

In 2022, there's a new type of summer making the rounds: Feral Girl Summer. The premise is surprisingly similar: It's all about being yourself and living your best life in the summer. But this time, instead of being associated with putting on your best sundress and drinking eight glasses of water a day, Feral Girl Summer is all about letting yourself party like crazy and be your most chaotic, messy self.

For many young, single people who are embracing Feral Girl Summer, this also means embracing a new, feral approach to dating.

What is 'feral dating'?

Feral dating is all about being yourself on dates, especially if that means getting a bit messy and maybe even