Are you ready for peak dating season?
Let’s be honest, we’re all going a bit lockdown stir-crazy – social distancing restrictions are putting numerous obstacles in the way of our attempts to meet guys, go on dates, or just hook up and get off.
While the roll-out of vaccine solutions is giving us some cause for optimism, we’d love to be screaming “just stick it in me” at a naked guy and not just a health professional.
But some things are beyond our control. We’ve just got to try and be cheerful in the face of adversity.
To pass the time that we’ve been spending alone in our flat, we’ve been doing some number-crunching. We’re spreadsheet geeks. Let’s take a look at what insights that’s given us.
What do the numbers tell us?
When we analyse the data from Gaydar, we can see that there’s certain times of the year when we see peaks in activity.
Obviously, when we look at historical data, it may not be the best guide – it’s hard to compare previous years with trying to date during a pandemic. But spreadsheets are fun, so – with those caveats – we’re going to dive in.
When we look across the year, there’s really four peak periods.
There’s obviously plenty of dating activity going on throughout the rest of the year, but it’s these four periods where we see significant spikes of around a 25% increase in activity such as sign-ups, active users, search, chat, and messaging.
Why do we see peaks in online dating at different points of the year?
There’s some consistent themes and some unique circumstances that make these four periods hot-spots of guy-on-guy dating and hook-ups. Let’s dive into it.
Why is February peak dating season?
The obvious answer here is Valentine’s Day. Sure, 14 February is only one day in the month, but we’re all familiar with the relentless onslaught of marketing campaigns guilting us into buying flowers and chocolates for the love of our life.
Even though we’re all sensible people and can see right through such blatant emotional blackmail, subliminally, the underlying messages are hard to escape.
The tsunami of love-related nonsense surrounding Valentine’s Day inevitably gets us all to thinking that maybe a bit of human intimacy could be exactly what we need in our lives.
Why is Easter peak dating season?
This could just be the chocolate talking, but around the Easter period we’ve generally got a few days off, the weather is getting warmer, and we start to feel a bit more open to possibilities.
Why is Summer peak dating season?
It’s not rocket science as to why we’re all up for a bit of action in summer. A bit of warm weather means that we’re all wearing less clothes, we’re more inclined to relax in the sun, to kick back. We’re dreaming of being on a beach, we’re dreaming of getting hot and sweaty. It’s exactly the right time of year to turn up the heat.
Why is Christmas peak dating season?
You might think that Christmas is all about spending time with family, not hooking up with anonymous guys you’ve met online, but our lives are more complicated than that. During the festive period, we’ve generally got more time on our hands – things are winding down at work, everyone takes some time off. Online dating activity really starts to take off from Boxing Day – the family stuff is done, and there’s not much else going on to keep us entertained. Plus, as soon as we hit Boxing Day, thoughts start turning towards New Year’s Eve – there’s party plans to be made and we start thinking we should find a hot guy to be kissing when the clock strikes midnight.
How to make the most of peak dating season
Be open to possibilities. If someone suggests meeting up or asks you out, look for ways to make it happen.
Be proactive. Don’t sit back and wait for the world to discover you. Send some messages. Reach out to people that you fancy. Be the one to suggest catching up and spending some time together.
Be adventurous. Break out of your day-to-day routines. Try new things. If you want to meet new people you’re going to have to break out of your comfort zone .
Use the technology. Update your Gaydar profile and get amongst it.