Horray! The holidays are over, New Years resolutions have been made, and you are feeling refreshed, energized, and…..so, so alone. Time to get online. Early January is a peak time of year for online dating sites, the increasingly common way people start relationships.
The reason for the upshot in enrollment appears clear – the desire to not die in alone in a dirty apartment surrounded by feral cats. Or love. We’re hoping to find love…in addition to losing weight, getting organized, and sticking to a budget. You might be in luck. According to Facebook, Christmas and Valentine’s Day show the biggest spike in new relationships. Match.com typically sees a 25 to 30 percent increase in new members’ registrations between Dec. 26 and Feb. 14.
January first, 8:52 p.m. was the peak usage point for online dating sites. According to Consumer Reports, the most popular dating site choice overall is Match.com, followed by Zoosk (for younger audiences), eHarmony (for those wanting to get married), OurTime (for the 50+ crowd), and HowAboutWe (for meeting people quickly).
For those of you who prefer the traditional route, you might take solace in the fact that online dating fosters about the same number of successful relationships as traditional face-to-face dating.
For any newbies, here are a few online dating tips, courtesy of the UK’s Metro Newspaper.