There’s a day for everything now – from National Rhubarb Vodka Day to National Crown of Roast Pork Day, and from National Hug a Plumber Day to National Kitchen Klutzes of America Day. Not to be left out, the first Sunday after New Years Day has been dubbed National Online Dating Day, or Dating Sunday.
There is a spike in online dating the first Sunday after New Years and, because of that bump in users, it increases a single’s odds of successfully matching with someone. Whether this trend began because of feeling lonely after the holiday season or acting on New Year’s Resolutions to find “the one,” Dating Sunday has become to dating what Black Friday is to shopping.
From the BET Lifestyle article “See Why This Day Is The Year’s Biggest Online Dating Day“: “According to Tinder, in 2016 there was a 10 percent increase in matches made on Dating Sunday (1/3/16) compared to the last Sunday of January (1/31/16). Users can expect even more potential matches in 2017 because the app predicts at least a 12 percent boost on this year’s Dating Sunday.”
So though I’ve been out of the dating scene since before AOL came on the scene, in writing FORKS, KNIVES, AND SPOONS I was re-immersed in the quest for finding “Mr. Right” or “Mr. Right-for-You.” Connecting with another in a meaningful way is timeless. It doesn’t matter if we have pay phones or flip phones or iPhones. It doesn’t matter if there’s no Internet, no Tinder, no Bumble, no Jyst. We crave being understood and feeling a bond with someone.
Connecting with another in a meaningful way is timeless. It doesn’t matter if we have pay phones or flip phones or iPhones. It doesn’t matter if there’s no Internet, no Tinder, no Bumble, no Jyst. We crave being understood and feeling a bond with someone.
Throughout time, people have searched for meaning in all aspects of life. The Utensil Classification System (or the UCS) is one way the characters in FORKS, KNIVES, AND SPOONS seek to make sense of the men they encounter at college and beyond. Using the UCS, they navigate heartbreaks and romances and along the way, they learn to believe in themselves without tying their value to a man. As a woman who’s been married almost 23 years, that’s the key to a successful union: coming to a relationship valuing oneself and feeling secure in one’s own being.
Human connection still triumphs over all things techie. Finding your perfect mate, or your ideal steak knife, is a valid goal. So on this Dating Sunday – go for it! Put your best self out there with confidence and don’t settle, because you deserve to be with someone who makes you happy and who treats you well.
Happy Dating Sunday!
© Leah DeCesare 2017