It’s bone-chillingly cold in metro Detroit and around Michigan this week — but at least one thing is heating up.
According to Match.com, peak dating season begins Dec. 26 — the day after Christmas Day — and runs until Valentine’s Day in February. That’s based on the number of messages exchanged between Match.com users (around 50 million!) and the number of dates taking place during the peak season (1 million).
This shouldn’t shock anybody in Michigan. It’s common sense. Winter is the most depressing time of the year, and it only amplifies if you’re single. How else are singles going to stay warm without running up the heating bill or coating themselves in thick, germ-infested blankets?
For us singles lingering in the metro Detroit area, let’s start with the good news: Detroit is considered the No. 2 sexiest city in America, according to a study of online sales one year ago by Pure Romance, a direct seller of “relationship-enhancement” products. So hey, the Motor City has that going for it. Furthermore, nearby Ann Arbor is considered one of the 20 most romantic cities in America, according to Amazon, based again on online sales and music streaming data.
Are free dating apps such as Tinder and Bumble not your thing? If you consider yourself “super-elite” — and you’re able to get an invite — an ultra-exclusive app called “The League” now offers service in Detroit and surrounding areas such as Windsor and Ann Arbor.
Now time for the bad news. Several studies say Detroit’s not so great at the whole dating thing.
Though Detroit has the highest percentage of singles, according to a WalletHub study released last month, it’s one of the worst cities in America for singles, ranking 147th out of 182 cities studied, based on the number of dating opportunities, places to go on dates and the “economics” of dating.
Another study, this from bestplaces.net, called Detroit the fourth-worst city for dating, behind Kansas City, Wichita and Minneapolis-St. Paul.
Furthermore, Detroit and Ann Arbor are considered among the rudest cities in the nation, according to a reader poll by Travel+Leisure. Then again, if you’re like me and you’re the type who loves being rude to other people as an expression of endearment, you should be fine.
All that said, these are just a bunch of unscientific studies. Take them with a grain of salt. If you live in southeast Michigan and you’re single, not all hope is lost. Make a New Year’s Resolution, get out there, meet other fine single folks and have a rant session about how bad Detroit sports are right now.