While many people are painfully aware of their single status during the holidays, relief could be on the way.
According to online dating service Match, peak dating season begins Dec. 26 and runs through Valentine’s Day, with the dating site seeing 50 million messages sent and 1 million dates taking place during peak season. In the midst of peak season, online dating’s busiest day of the year falls on Sunday, Jan. 7.
While jumping back into the dating pool around the holidays not seem like an ideal situation, Laurel House, Match’s dating expert and authorScrewing the Rules:The No-Games Guide Love, said there’s no wrong time to get back into the dating pool.
“If you are healthy, happy and in a place where you want a serious relationship, then you put your head in first and date strategically and thoughtfully,” she said.
She said many times being single can be an opening for a conversation with someone online or meeting.
“The holidays are a great way to break through the ice by asking real substantive questions, getting to know people on a deeper level and then say ‘how was it being single for you during the holidays?'” she said.
For singles trying to make those connections, Match says 8:55 p.m. ET on Jan. 7 is the best time to sign up for online dating, when Match plans to see a 42% spike in new singles looking for love.
And when those messages start flowing into your inbox, House notes that singles should be strategic about their first meeting.
“Go on a traditional first date, so getting drinks, dinner, and not coffee,” she said. “Coffee is not a first date; there is nothing romantic about coffee.”
Good luck out there!