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Dating in the Digital World: How Matchmaking Sites Are Changing Society

Evan Garcia reports for Chicago Tonight ” When the temperatures drop and the days get shorter, singles pick up their cellphones to find that special someone. Yep, it’s cuffing season. “It’s when people start thinking about settling down and finding a partner,” said Bela Gandhi, relationship expert and founder of the Chicago-based Smart Dating Academy. “As the holidays roll around and especially when you talk about New Year’s resolutions, people are definitely thinking about finding love.”Gandhi works closely with and said the dating site’s membership numbers increase by nearly 50 percent between Dec. 15 and Feb. 15. In fact, the busiest day of online dating has been dubbed “Dating Sunday” – the first Sunday after New Year’s Day, according to Public Relations Director Amy Canady, who predicts the peak period this year being 7:55 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 7.”

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What is a Dating Season Disorder

Olivia Petter writes for The Independent “As winter descends and dark, frosty nights await, the hunt for a yuletide lover begins. We are now knee-deep in “cuffing season,” whereby single men and women search far and wide for a companion to keep them warm and sexually satiated during the chilly months. However, come summer, said singletons are ready to abandon their adult sleepover buddy for a season of lust, not love.”

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Dating in a Trump World: One Year Later

Julie Spira writes at The Huffington Post ” I remember exactly where I was one year ago today. t was the election-of-all elections, and Hillary Clinton was expected to win and become the first female president of the United States. I was glued to the television while watching the election results. In my hand, as I sat solo in my family room, was my iPhone. In a digital election world, like others, I was busy texting election results with my friends. 
As the night went on, many of us were stunned as the electoral college results came in. With Florida and Ohio in the Trump camp, shock waves hit across the country and throughout the world. None of us were prepared for the outcome.”

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5 Online Dating Email Tips You’ve Never Read Before (But should definitely learn!)

Joshua Pompey writes at the Huffington Post “Perform a quick Google search and you will find an overwhelming amount of online dating email tips. The problem is, most of the emailing advice out there is either cliche, redundant, or even worse, detrimental to your overall success. But today I’d like to focus on taking the redundancy out of all online dating email tips in circulation and provide you with some more advanced advice on the subject. Let’s take a look at 5 of my best emailing tips that you’ve probably never read before, but should definitely take the time to learn.”

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What 10 Years of Being An Online Dating Coach Taught Me About Men (And 10 Ways Can Benefit!)

Joshua Pompey writes at The Huffington Post “For the past decade I have served as an online dating coach for men and women of all ages and backgrounds. And while I do currently work one on one with hundreds of women each year, my first 4 years were spent working exclusively with men. The vast amount of time I have spent coaching men has provided me with a unique insight into the male online dater that few others walking this earth have. And now I’d like to help you benefit from all my years of experience. If you don’t fully understanding how the men you are targeting online think, your odds of finding a quality relationship will be severely limited. So let’s get started on 10 of the most important facts I’ve learned coaching men.”

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LOVE RULES The rules of modern dating as more and more head online to find love

Emma Lake reports for The Sun “Splitting the bill, not sending a friend request to your potential partner too quickly and not stalking them online after meeting are among the new rules of dating, according to research. Experts also found the fundamental rules of modern courting include a first kiss by date three with things progressing to a more physical level by the fifth night out. Social media friend requests were deemed acceptable – but only after eight days of messaging via other means. The study also revealed two in five agree a quick text response is a sign a new love interest is too keen, with the rule of thumb being a three-hour window between messages. The research was commissioned by MTV to celebrate the launch of their new dating show, Single AF.”

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Online Dating Lingo Explained

Lauren Pastrana reports for CBS Miami “The dating app Tinder celebrated its 5th anniversary last month. Other dating sites have been around for decades already. But a new generation of online daters are looking for love on their smartphones, with as many as 27% of 18-24 year olds saying they have used online dating tools. Of course, these younger users have brought some new lingo into the mix, so today’s “Lauren’s List” breaks down some key words and phrases you need to know if you plan to jump in the online dating pool.
Cuffing Season-It’s upon us! Cuffing season is the period between October and February when it’s cooler out and people want to cuddle up for the holidays. The terms is so widespread now, that it’s actually the name of a rap song and album.”

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Doubling down on singles

Michelle Baran writes for Travel Weekly “Single people now make up the majority of the U.S. population, and if you consider that solo travelers also include a growing group of people who are not single but choose to travel alone, catering to the solo travel market is no longer just an opportunity to fill some vacant slots in a slow season by occasionally waiving the single supplement.  For many travel companies, creating more permanent products and a dedicated singles pricing structure to capture the ballooning solo travel market has now become a crucial component of growth.”

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The Best Dating Advice From Moms, According To 18 Daughters Who Swear By Their Mom’s Wisdom

Hannah Orenstein writes for Elite Daily “When it comes to dating advice, there’s one person I trust more than anyone — my mom. And I bet your mom has some pretty wise tips, too. Because unlike our friends, our moms have decades of wisdom when it comes to dating, breakups, singledom, and marriage. They’ve been through it all. So, dating advice from moms tends to be pretty legit. Sure, a lot has changed since my mom was last single in 1987. (Tinder didn’t exist back then, and the dating app’s founder Sean Rad was still an infant who probably swiped at Cheerios instead of humans.) But the basics of dating have stayed the same, and that’s why you shouldn’t discount what your mom has to teach you about finding love.”

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Dating in the Dark Ages. Or Middle Ages. Or 2017. Whatever.

Shawn Henfling writes for The Good Men Project ” I turn 40 in three and a half months. By definition, I’m pretty much getting into that “middle-aged” category. At some point, I turned into the adult in the room. I didn’t notice it either, and it scares me just as much as it does you, trust me. Somehow, at a weird and unclear point in the past decade, people began to identify me as the de-facto elder statesman, the one to go to when they needed advice based upon my life experiences. I can assure you; this doesn’t make me any more comfortable than it does you. I spend a fair amount of time answering questions and dispensing advice based on the four decades of growth and mistakes I’ve made. You know what I never get asked about? Dating. Nobody. Ever. Asks. The. Old. White. Dude. That. Can’t. Dance.”

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