Specific facts and figures for online dating are hard to come by.
For obvious reasons, each individual site tends to inflate membership numbers and success rates in its promotional materials.
According to online dating service Match, peak dating season begins Dec.
26 and runs through Valentine's Day, with the dating site seeing 50 million messages sent and 1 million dates taking place during peak season.
And when those messages start flowing into your inbox, House notes that singles should be strategic about their first meeting.
Neil Clark Warren, who studied thousands of marriages to develop his “predictive model of compatibility.” Do such scientific methods work? However, scientific personality tests completed with the guidance of a trained researcher do not have 100 percent accuracy (it’s closer to 75 percent).
She said many times being single can be an opening for a conversation with someone online or meeting.
"The holidays are a great way to break through the ice by asking real substantive questions, getting to know people on a deeper level and then say 'how was it being single for you during the holidays? For singles trying to make those connections, Match says p.m. 7 is the best time to sign up for online dating, when Match plans to see a 42% spike in new singles looking for love.
And when you’re sitting alone in your living room filling out a personality profile on a Web site, there is an even greater chance that the resulting matches will not be perfect.
When you multiply the chance for inaccuracy by the number of users on a given dating site, complicated matching systems are probably not working much better than basic attribute-and-interest matching.