Match expect 2 million users to login 36 million times on the first week of January as they desperately try to find the right person and weed out the creeps.
These findings are also backed up by Plenty Of Fish, who claim that the busiest period is today but that the peak time is slightly earlier at 5pm.
Each spouse could choose a favorite activity which you then combine into one evening, or the wife could propose her favorite activities for one date and the husband plans the next date with his favorites. Reflect on the sights you see and the lives of the people who are your fellow passengers. Wait for snow and give yourself permission to make snow angels or make a snowman. Go roller blading or revisit your childhood by visiting a roller skating rink. This is usually good for stirring up warm fuzzy feelings. Even without these, it can be a ball of fun if you don’t take it too seriously. Try creating a crazy or luxurious outfit for each other and wear it home.
Restrain yourself from buying, however, unless you’re really ready for a new family member. Look through old photo albums and tell each other stories of your childhood and families. It may be the only time you wear it (other than Halloween) before you donate it back to the store.
Below are some ideas that go beyond the usual dinner and a movie. Not all dates have to involve going out, but if you have young children, getting a break from the kids is a stress release in itself. Alternate who gets the sitter and develop a pool of sitters.
Try star gazing in your own back yard or out in the country. If you’re the scientific type, you might get a star map and try to identify constellations. You get the drinks, the snacks, his/her slippers, favorite game, etc. Just make sure that you alternate the favor sometime soon.
Go to a public place (a train station, airport lobby, downtown gathering place) and people watch. If you like, discuss your deepest spiritual beliefs afterwards. Traditionally, parents fill their children’s shoes with treats on St. Try walking in your spouse’s shoes for an evening – perhaps more of a challenge for the husband.
Make up stories about the people who pass you, as if you’re writing a novel. Try to understand life from your spouse’s perspective. Find a book you both enjoy and take turns reading to each other, or each of you can read your own book in each other’s company. Lay out a blanket and have an indoor picnic – or at least some popcorn.
So basically, if you want to snag yourself a girlfriend this year then get on a dating website tonight and message as many people as possible and you’re bound to have a chance.
If you haven’t dated online before though be warned it takes about ten weeks to meet anyone in person if you’re a guy and eight weeks if you’re a girl.
Friday night loses some of its edge by virtue of dates coming right after work: people might have time to stop at home, but not for long.