These days, winter storms seem to be in the headlines a lot. Though your first instinct may be to hole up and not go out unless absolutely necessary — like to work — it may also prove to be the perfect time to date. After all, people still “Netflix and chill,” and you can make “chill” mean whatever you want it to mean — actually watching Netflix with your date, or doing more than that. With Storm Quinn in the news, you may be wondering how winter storms affect your dating life, and that’s a great question.
If you want to date, but not leave your house, dating apps are definitely a good option, and have been a popular one during other past winter storms. For instance, during Winter Storm Jonas in 2016, Tinder matches went up by 10 percent, the app reported, which came out to 25 million matches. Twenty-five million.
Winter Storm Niko, in February 2017, was another high-swiping period. At the time, Tinder Sociologist Dr. Jess Carbino commented on her theory as to why. “Snowstorm Niko may be a great time to use Tinder because most people want to stay indoors, leaving them without too many things to do — you can only Netflix binge for so long,” Dr. Carbino said in a Tinder press release. “During this downtime, singles can foster meaningful conversations and make a connection with Tinder matches.” Of course, Dr. Carbino’s theory can apply to other dating apps, too, and how their popularity increases when people are snowed in and it’s too cold to go out.
On that note, below you’ll find some fascinating statistics regarding ways that winter storms may affect your dating life, so you may want to get ready to swipe.