A recent Match.com survey found that over 1/3 of single Americans are pressured to be in a relationship during the holiday season and that 30% of singles have actually stayed home rather than attend holiday events without a date.
Match.com surveyed more than 750 single adults to find out more about their thoughts on dating and relationships during the holidays. According to the survey: 36% of single people said they feel additional pressure during the holidays to be in a relationship, 58% of single adults didn’t want to attend holiday office parties by themselves, 30% of singles have actually stayed home from events simply because they didn’t have a date, while 79% of singles feel good during the holidays when spending time with friends and family.
"The holidays are full of fun and family celebrations, but they can also be very stressful, especially for single people," said author Dawn Yanek, author of a special holiday bonus section of Match.com’s guide, “How to Meet the Right Person in 90 Days.”
While many singles may feel pressure because they are not in a relationship during the holidays, Match.com believes that the holidays are actually a good time to look for love.
"Based on our 10 years of successful matches, we know that the holidays are actually one of the best times of the year to expand your romantic possibilities," said Kristin Kelly, senior director of public relations for Match.com.
Match.com’s research found that 77% of adult singles volunteer during the holidays for altruistic reasons, but Yanek suggests that single people can also look for love while doing a good deed. She recommends organizing a group of friends or co-workers to work on a charitable project and then wait for sparks to fly. She also says that holiday parties are a good place to find romance, as fully a quarter of single people plan to attend their holiday parties without a date. And, Yanek points out, once you are at the party, scoping out the mistletoe in the room is a good strategy. In fact, 41 percent of singles admit to casually standing underneath the mistletoe at holiday parties.