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Dating Sunday: Tips for making the most of online dating's busiest day

On platforms like Match, Bumble and Zoosk, this weekend is expected to bring a dating stampede. Make it work for you.

Sunday is the busiest day of the year for online dating. 
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Did you feel a low, distant rumble as you packed yet another holiday season away in a plastic bin? It could be the stampede of online daters sprinting toward love and glory in the new year.

Jan. 5 is Dating Sunday, which online dating platforms like Coffee Meets Bagel, Match, Bumble and Zoosk say is the busiest day of the year for folks signing up, matching and messaging. Match, for example, is predicting an 80% increase in user activity over its average. Bumble is expecting a 30% increase in new users. Zoosk anticipates 1.5 million messages will be sent in the US (a 17% hike from average). 


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So what accounts for this surge in activity on The Apps? (Aside from humans' bottomless capacity to think about getting their shit together?)

Maybe it was the way your aunt asked you if you were still single as you popped another piece of fudge in your mouth over the holidays. Maybe it was that awkward moment at midnight on New Year's Eve when everyone seemingly paired off and you were left checking your credit score on your phone.

Or maybe you've been swiping all along.

"It's the first weekend after New Year's Eve, which means that people have not only set themselves New Year's resolutions, they've had a few days to think about how to put them into practice," Zoosk's CMO, Luciana Telles, said in a statement, noting that's it's only six weeks until Valentine's Day.

Ah yes, life on the hamster wheel.

If you plan on joining this apparent legion of freshly optimistic daters, thumbs raring to go on Sunday, there are a few ways you can prepare -- a refresh of your profile couldn't hurt. Allow me to shamelessly direct you to some past Love Syncs columns that may be of use. 

There's also app-specific info you can look up to help you boost your odds of finding a match. For one thing, many of these services have put out time frames when their platforms are the busiest: Zoosk's messaging peak comes around 9:30 p.m. local time, Inner Circle is between 9 and 11 p.m., Match peaks around 9:15 p.m. Whether you'll get lost in a crowd or get more eyes on your profile is a coin flip. 

And if for some reason you're locked in a concrete bunker on Sunday, all isn't lost. Match says "peak dating season" runs from Dec. 26 through Valentine's Day. Bumble expects more than 3 million new users to join between Thanksgiving and Dating Sunday. Likewise, Coffee Meets Bagel said the following Sunday was its second-biggest chat day in 2019. 

Godspeed, daters. 

CNET's Love Syncs is an advice column focusing on online dating. If you've got a question about finding love via app, send it to for consideration.

Originally published Jan. 3.