The Dating Frenzy
What is it about the holiday season that brings about a surge of emotion so powerful you just need to share it with someone? Only thing is, there's no one there. You may have family and friends all around you celebrating, but no special someone to exchange a knowing glance with, to hold you tight or to share that kiss of new beginnings at the start of the New Year.
Apart from the heightened sense of loneliness that usually peaks during the holiday season, these partner-less people are usually the object of intense questioning during family gatherings that occur during Thanksgiving and Christmas: do they have a special someone? When are they bringing this special someone over? Will there be wedding bells anytime soon?
Then as soon as the New Year rolls around, and couples start to smooch, the anxiety of being alone usually heightens among singles everywhere, and they start to take a thorough look at where their love lives are going. One nation-wide survey conducted by an online relationship service reports that a majority of singles or soon-to-be singles make finding a partner a top priority in their New Year's resolutions. This drive for love and romance has spilled over into the realm of internet matchmaking, with web personals services seeing their members double, as millions of unattached men and women step up their search for love, one article reports.
And so right around the beginning of January, online dating activity hits a frenzy, and the numbers of newly posted personals rise like degrees Celsius on the thermostat during a heat-wave. Spurred by the need to find a partner in time for Valentine's Day, matchmaking services that cater to potential date-ables are preparing for the influx of new members to their sites. As a result, there are more choices and chances at a bid for love for everyone.
This continues until just after February, when the action abates and the numbers start falling again. The peak season for online matchmaking ends just when singles start getting busy again and spend less time minding matters of the heart. Just as New Year resolutions like finding the willpower to diet or the time to exercise peter out, so does the drive to find love and companionship.
One survey reports that people regard relationships as one of the most important parts of their lives, and yet in the same funny way that people are, spend more time doing other things than updating their online profiles, or trawling dating websites in search of that special someone who would have otherwise made their lives more complete.
Posted by eDatingCentral.com Jan 27, 2008 10:24 am
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