If you’re single and your New Year’s resolution was to rev up the romance, then Sunday, Jan. 5 might be the best day to immerse yourself in dating apps.
Dubbed “Dating Sunday” or “Singles Sunday,” the superficial holiday is the busiest online dating day of the year, according to several dating apps and websites.
The date falls at the intersection of several cultural influences, making it “the perfect trifecta” for singles looking to find love, according to Julie Spira, a cyber-dating expert and author of “The Perils of Cyber-Dating.”
“You have people recovering from a breakup or who were down during the holidays, you have all those New Year’s resolutions, and you have the clock ticking down to Valentine’s Day,” Spira said. “It’s the first lonely holiday after the New Year.”
The date also falls toward the tail-end of “cuffing season,” where otherwise promiscuous adults seek to be tied down by a relationship. Young adults are often working during the weekdays and out socializing on Saturday, so Sundays tend to be the busiest day of the week for web dating throughout the year in general.
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Spira said the informal single’s celebration has gained traction during the last decade as society shifted to embracing online dating culture.
The online dating platform Match (formerly Match.com) predicts an 80% increase in single people coming to the app on Sunday. The number of singles looking for love on that day has doubled in the past two years, the dating app reports.
Coffee Meets Bagel has seen a similar trend in early January, the matchmaking platform told Quartz. Tinder and Bumble also say there’s magic in the air on the first Sunday in January.
So, how do I stand out?
As millions of Americans take to their smartphones, download apps and start swiping, Spira offered four tips for standing out among the sea of singles:
Start off with a clean palette and swap out any outdated photos. “If it’s been online and it hasn’t worked for you yet,” use that as a sign to “push the restart button,” Spira said.
Caption your photos.
Information about the date and location where photos were taken gives potential suiters talking points and vacation photos are easy ice breakers.
Update your bio.
If you picked up any new hobbies over the past year, mention those, the expert said. Also, mention your dream travel destinations. “Talking about travel locations, whether it’s an African safari or a hike up a mountain, tend to get a lot of responses because it’s a good icebreaker,” Spira said.
Use multiple apps.
There are numerous dating apps out there to choose from and the experts say having at least three accounts will help maximize your chances of romantic success. However, it’s important to use each of the apps proactively.
Don’t play hard to get.
Communicate with people, exchange phone numbers and start setting a date to meet, Spira said. “When you have millions of messages being sent, that’s not the time to play coy. The only way that Dating Sunday works is if you commit to meeting someone offline.”
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