One of the best things about summer is the promise of new beginnings, adventure, and maybe even a little romance. According to a new Match survey, over 60 percent of singles say they have a bucket list they're looking to complete, and 83 percent say the number one thing they want to do is find love. So if you're one of the singles hoping to find love this summer, get your dating profiles ready. Studies have found online dating activity significantly increases during the summer months in comparison to the rest of the year. And if you're really looking to maximize your chances of summer love, Match experts found, there's one day you should really look out for: July 9.
"Believe it or not, there are 107 million single Americans (43 percent of the adult population), and falling in love is something that is very much ‘top of mind’ at this time of year — and especially in the coming week," Bela Gandhi, founder of Smart Dating Academy and dating expert for Match, tells Bustle.
According to Match, online dating activity consistently increases during the summer months. This year, they analyzed historical data to predict that on July 9 tons of singles logged on, exchanged messages, updated their profiles, and even went on more dates.
While that day may have passed, that doesn't mean you can't take advantage of the boom this week and improve your profile. "It's about having a plan, having a great profile and photos, and sticking with your plan," Gandhi says, When you want to make something big happen for your life like a career change or eating healthier, the first step is to list out your goals and ways to achieve them. So if finding love is on your to-do list, make a plan.
"Often times we think dating and love should ‘just happen if it’s meant to be’ and that planning is ‘unromantic,'" Gandhi says. "Au contraire. To be successful at finding love, it's important to make a plan that's realistic, fun, and that you can stick to." Here are three things you need to do in order to make the most out of online dating this summer: