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Pick Your Perfect Holiday Partner with our Festive Dating Checklist

 It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! Or, So They Say

There’s no doubting the magic of the holidays. But for many people, the bright lights of the season can often illuminate feelings of loneliness – especially after the socially distant, zero contact year we’ve just endured. And yet each year on December 1, as the bleakness of winter makes way for the golden glow of Christmas, so arrives cheer, merriment – and an almost constant reminder of love and togetherness. 

Whether you’re yearning for a Christmas romance or you’re on the lookout for long term love, internet dating can be a great way to make connections as cuffing season sets in. Taking place between Christmas and Valentine’s Day, cuffing refers to the act of single people looking for short term relationships to take the chill out of holiday loneliness. Perhaps that’s why dating websites experience such a huge surge in user sign ups during this time. A report by Market Watch once found a 20% increase in eHarmony registrations during December, while noted an average 60% rise in new members from Christmas Day to Valentine’s Day. Market Watch

So, rather than resign ourselves to roasting chestnuts on an open fire to turn up the heat this holiday season, let’s look at some of the ways we can take the frost out of finding a mistletoe mate at Christmas – and safely! 

Use Your Free Time to Brush Up Online 

The extra free time around the holidays is a great opportunity to tidy up your online dating profile. Uploading a new photo, refreshing your bio and adding new interests and achievements are ideal ways to revive your online presence and make new connections that align with what you’re looking for.

Once you’ve polished up your profile in time to bag a Christmas date, you can be assured that your safety is RealMe’s primary concern. With instant access to 325 million Verified Reputation Profiles, RealMe effortlessly scans marriage and criminal records, court appearances, financial backgrounds and social media profiles for any red flags. Because RealMe is integrated into the dating app, it offers peace of mind to daters looking for love at *frost* sight! 

Track Your Holiday Dates

If you do decide to meet your online match in person over the holidays, it’s important to consider your personal safety before getting too swept up in the possibility of romance. We’re seeing more and more dating sites introduce ‘date tracking features’ which let you make a digital record of your date so that you have a recorded account of who you met with and where you went. 

But First, Let Me Take An Elfie!

Who doesn’t love sleighing a Christmas selfie? As you update your dating profile with seasonal selfies and flick through potential Santa hat-clad suitors, it’s important to remember that looks can be deceiving. 

A study conducted by the team here at RealMe found 3 in 4 people admit to having misrepresented themselves on their dating profile, while 21% confess to using another person’s photo as their own. Our technology goes one step further by intelligently identifying real users through data, so you can be sure the person you’re chatting to isn’t up to snow good.

Ho-Ho-Hold Up On Those Naughty Drunken Messages 

The holidays are known for being a time of flowing libations, and after the year we’ve had, a strong drink is just what the doctor ordered. But one Christmas tipple too many can give some dating app users an inflated sense of confidence, leading to an increase of naughty messages that, in most cases, are unwelcome. 

Some dating apps out there today offer a way to help stop any unwanted messages from creeping into your inbox. This feature works by detecting inappropriate or sexual language and asks you if the message has bothered yours. Some dating apps even ask you if you’re sure you want to send a message that has crude language before the message leaves the outbox, effectively stopping the message in its tracks and making the more extraverted think twice about the messages in question. Consider this feature the digital version of relegating you to Santa’s naughty list! 

An On-Screen Love Affair 

In the absence of cute, festive in-person dates like ice skating, craft markets and carol concerts this year, why not organize a video date with one of your connections? You can make the date Christmas-themed, like making mulled wine or playing a festive quiz. Let’s face it, it beats watching Christmas reruns for the twelfth solid hour and could lead to you finding your long term love! 

So, rather than letting the holidays get you down and Santa-mental this year, take a chance on that match – but don’t take a chance on safety. Yule be thanking us in the new year! 
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