How To Make The Most Out Of Dating In January, Because It's the Busiest Time For Online Dating

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January may be cold and even a little depressing, but it's also the best time to go on a date— or at least the busiest time for dating. Post New Year's, there is always a spike in online dating. "The beginning of a New Year is the busiest time for PlentyOfFish, and the first Sunday of the year always brings the largest surge in signups and site traffic," Shannon Smith, Communications Manager at PlentyOfFish (POF), tells Bustle. "January 1st can signify a new start, so this year in particular we may see more singles than ever getting head starts on their resolutions. With many people ready to recommit themselves to finding someone special after the holidays, it's a great time to be looking for love."

And it's not just POF. Hinge says New Year’s Day is the biggest dating day, too. The app usually sees a 50 percent lift in registrations the Sunday after New Year’s. Match says their peak season lasts from the day after Christmas up until Valentine's Day— with the whole month of January smack in the middle. So it's a great time to rev up your dating game. The only problem? With so many people out and ready to date, it's easy to get overwhelmed. It's a marathon, not a sprint, so you have to be prepared to pace yourself.

Because you want to take advantage of the fact that so many people are out and willing to go on dates, but you don't want to get stressed or burned out. Here's how to survive the January date-athon: