Holidating: 'Tis The Season to be Single? By Whitney Casey

“Holidating” is an ongoing Match.com blog series focusing on data from a recent Match.com survey on singles and the holiday season. Stay tuned for more posts examining the data in the upcoming week!

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Unlike one of the most likable holiday movies, Love Actually, this season, singles are admitting that, it is NOT Love, Actually…it is more like the movie, The Breakup. While in 2012, 82% of singles say they were “nice over naughty,” nearly a quarter of singles (24%) admit to breaking up with someone over the holidays. Talk about getting Grinched! Missing the mistletoe with your significant other during the holidays is easier than you would expect. With the merging of families, faiths, expectations and experiences, the holiday season is a genuine relationship powder keg with a very short fuse. If you are not sure you have the holiday chutzpah in your relationship, it would be best to skip the season with your potential partner and go at it alone, until your relationship is rock solid. The holidays can bring out the best– and the worst in people. This is not a time to settle down with someone just to have someone to spend the season with. In fact, you could be with “the one” as we speak, and jumping into the family holiday scene together too soon can be the end of you if it is too much in the beginning stages of the relationship. Good news is, our survey shows that just a small percentage of singles actually do this holiday hunker-down. In fact, more men than women admit to have dated someone during the holidays just to have someone to spend it with (14% males vs. 10% females.)

However, if you do decide to go for it and spend the first part of the holidays together, and it doesn’t work out, don’t worry! You still will have a good chance for a great new year. When the ball falls and you count down 2012 alone, you will be filled with joy to know that 64% of singles say their New Year’s resolution will be related to finding love. Cheers to love…or at least a great date in 2013.

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