Well Being

If You Want a Date in 2015, You Better Be Looking Online Right Now

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laptopBreak out your finest sweatpants and your laptop, kids — it's online dating season.

January is the busiest month for Internet dating services. In fact, the good folks over at Match, Plenty of Fish, and Zoosk have been able to pinpoint the exact day and time in which most people take to the Internet to find a significant other: the first Sunday after New Year's, roughly from 5pm to 8pm.

So if you're still on the Tinder train and looking for something a touch more significant than an errant dick pic, now would be the time to try your hand at any of the dozens of dating sites currently brimming with new hopefuls.

According to the Washington Post, Match has 2.4 million North American users and Plenty of Fish has 90 million worldwide. The odds seem pretty likely that you may find one decent human being to date, but you better make your move quick – there's something about the new year that attracts people who may have been unwilling to try online dating at any other point in the year.

So, why January? Let us count the reasons, shall we? Too much family time, too much contemplation of one's ultimate life path, dreary winter weather, and one too many aunts asking you why you're still single when you're home for the holidays. It's enough to drive anyone to the edge (or, you know, their computer).

As cited in the Washington Post: “Christmas tends to be a period of review and revision,” the psychotherapist Phillip Hodson once said. “It is also the winter pause when you review what has been missing in your life and what you want in it … Many sense they want a crack at feeling better than they did in the preceding 12 months.”

Don't worry —once Valentine's Day has come and gone, we'll all be back to normal. And by normal, I mean avoiding these sites like the plague.

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