New Year, new love? Dating sites do a brisk business

Jan. 2 is a hot date for new members

CINCINNATI - The dating website Match.com surveyed more than one thousand of its members in December, and 64% of them said their 2013 New Year's resolution would be related to finding love.

"This is a time when hope and optimism are strong within the singles community and the draw to try Match.com is at an all-time high," said Amarnath Thombre, senior vice president for strategy & analytics at the company.

In fact, Match.com reports that Jan. 2 marks the time when the site sees the highest increase in registrations: 55 percent.

A spokeswoman for eHarmony.com would not share numbers with WCPO.com, but said the site experiences a significant spike just after the Christmas season as people begin to fulfill their New Year's resolutions.

Jennifer Webb wrote in an email: "The two most common resolutions have to be losing weight and finding love. In fact, as Black Friday marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season, the beginning of the New Year and the days leading up to it mark the beginning of the season for finding love."

According to the website StatisticBrain.com, 40 million American singles have tried online dating. 

A 2010 study of Match.com members found twice as many couples met through online dating sites than at social events, bars and clubs combined. One in six marriages, and one in five committed relationships have been among those who connected through online dating.

Dating websites typically allow you to search for matches anywhere in the country, or close to home in the Tri-State.

Most lists of the web's top dating sites include Match.com and eHarmony.com near the top of the rankings. Here are the Top 10 as of January 2013 , based on U.S. and global traffic data.

  1. Match
  2. PlentyofFish
  3. Zoosk
  4. eHarmony
  5. Singlesnet
  6. OKCupid
  7. True
  8. ChristianMingle
  9. Cupid
  10. DateHookup

You can learn more about these and other sites here:  http://www.ebizmba.com/articles/dating-websites . Google Zietgeist rounded up the most searched singles sites for 2012, and The Huffington Post created this slideshow:

So, are you using an online dating site in your quest for a lasting relationship? If so, please email webteam@wcpo.com.

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