Beating the Loneliness this Holiday Season
It’s that time of year again, and while we frantically dash around the local shopping centre looking for the perfect last minute gifts for our friends and family, it can be difficult not to feel that everyone is coupled up for the holidays.
But studies are showing that 1 in 4 Australians are living alone, and this doesn’t even include the singles who are still living at home with their parents or in shared accommodation with friends. So despite all the hand holding and PDA you’re trying to avert your eyes from, the landscape isn’t as barren as it may seem.
But where to find all these lonely hearts? Especially at a time of year where everyone’s huddled up inside or busy with their families? Try online dating of course! Take a look at the best kinds of websites for whatever you’re looking for this holiday season.
The Casual Encounter
Sometimes you just need a bit of no strings fun, and not to be looking too seriously into the future. If you’re in need of some company this Christmas, and you don’t want to spend too much time or money investing in it, skip the bar scene and head online. NaughtyDate is full of singles looking for exactly what it says on the tin; a naughty date or hook-up, no strings attached. Free of charge you can browse singles by photos in three modes, normal, naughty or explicit. With thousands of local Aussie members, you’ll be organizing a hot winter date in no time.
The Mobile Distraction
Christmas dinner can seem pretty long, and if you have to hear your aunt talk about her cats for another minute you may well scream. Download the match.com app and you can browse singles from your mobile, use the match.com Stream feature to swipe yes and no, chat via instant message, and make the day go that little bit faster. Try the Zoosk app, currently voted #1 on the app store for an integrated social media friendly dating solution, complete with fun Zoosk coins, and an addictive Carousel feature.
The Local Solution
There’s nothing worse than signing up to an online dating website which boasts millions of singles, only to find the search results empty when you browse through your area. RSVP is Australia’s online dating solution, and has over 40,000 Aussie matches every single day. If you’re feeling lonely this time of year and want to find local singles looking for friendship, romance and dating, this is your one stop shop. With dating and relationship advice included, you might even find the perfect place locally to meet up, or at the very least - some tips to create the perfect first date.
The Religious Match
There’s no doubt that this is the time of year where people are feeling most spiritual, and it can be seriously depressing turning up at church on Christmas day single, again. Friendly faces smile at you and reassure you that it’ll be ‘your turn soon’ but where are all the great Aussie Christian singles? Well, thousands of them are on ChristianMingle for a start. With daily bible verses, Christian search filters, a prayer wall and dedicated Christian chat rooms, you won’t find a better online dating website for a spiritual and religious match. And with thousands of singles who want to find someone who shares their faith and beliefs, they’re guaranteed to be suitable to bring home for the holiday season, too.
The Happily Ever After
You look around at families preparing for their holidays together, and you feel that familiar pang. You know what you want, and it certainly isn’t a casual encounter with another match that doesn’t last. You’re ready to settle down. And the statistics speak for themselves, “over a third of today’s marriages start online.” Both EliteSingles and eHarmony are compatibility websites with millions of Australian members who are looking for long term relationships and marriage. With personality tests, beautiful profiling features and amazing algorithms to help you find the best possible match, they are responsible for thousands of weddings every single year.
Whatever you’re looking for this holiday season, there’s absolutely no reason to be lonely under the mistletoe, with so many great dating options quite literally at your fingertips.
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