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Today, the first Sunday after New Year's, is the single best day to be single online, according to a variety of dating sites that report a spike in new memberships every year on what Match.com calls 'Dating Sunday.' According to The Guardian, the increase in interest holds constant across many sites. But why?

OMG we're all going online to have sex, why aren't you joining us?
OMG we're all going online to have sex, why aren't you joining us?

On the plus side, the beginning of the year is historically a time to try new things, especially in the realm of self-improvement. Unlike going to the gym, however, starting your online dating career in January may improve (rather than decrease) your odds of success. Says Shannon Smith, a spokesperson for the site PlentyOfFish.com, singles "who sign up during the first week of January will find their partner an average of two weeks faster than those who sign up later, taking an average of just 10 weeks" to get a new significant other. 

Sources: The Guardian