Yes, you read the headline correct! Today is the Super Bowl of Online dating!
According to the online dating sites Match.com, Plenty of Fish and Tinder, the first Sunday following the New Year has statistically proven to be the busiest dating day of the year. That schedule got a little shakeup this year because the winter storms and 2018 holiday fell on a Sunday, pushing back the busy dating day for those looking for cyber love in their pj’s, sweatpants, or onesies.
“Dating Sunday” not only means more matches – up to 12 percent, according to Tinder – but a record number of daters also open accounts.
Match.com predicts the busiest minute of the year will fall at 6:49 p.m. on Sunday.
If you are feeling a bit adventurous, here are some tips from Gandhi, the founder of Smart Dating Academy to stand out today:
Tip 1: Stick to 1 or 2 age-appropriate sites.
“If you’re in your 20s, Bumble is my favorite at this point,” she said. “When you’re in your 30s and 40s, Match is my favorite site.
“Our Time is dedicated to singles over 50 and EHarmony is also great for those age brackets,” she added.
Tip 2: Choose a dynamic photo.
Ninety percent of online dating success is based on photos, experts say.
Gandhi recommends choosing a photo that shows you doing things that you enjoy doing.
Tip 3: Don’t move too fast.
Speak by phone before you meet your online match in person, Gandhi suggests.
For safety reasons, Gandhi also recommends keeping your number private with Google Voice. The service creates an alternate phone number and can be erased at any time.
“You can tell so much about someone. You can separate their cyber-personality from their real personality,” Gandhi said.
Tip 4: Don’t be too much of a skeptic.
Gandhi said to look at love with what she calls “psychotic optimism.”
“It means love will come to me,” she said. “It’s a ‘when.’ It’s not an ‘if.’ ‘I am in it to win it.'”
Sending cyber loving vibes! 💋
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Photo credit: Model, Irina Shayk, Google images