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Want Love in 2016? Get Ready for Dating Sunday

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NEW JERSEY - Black Friday and Cyber Monday have already passed, but how about Dating Sunday? Match.com has designated the Sunday after New Year's Day, January 3, as Dating Sunday for 2016.

The popular online dating website for singles has discovered that there is a 60 percent rise in new members from Christmas Day through Valentine's Day with the days directly following New Year's as being a prime time to find a significant other. Perhaps it's the nagging questions from well-meaning family and friends over the holidays or the lack of someone to kiss at the start of another new year that's responsible for the surge.

Whatever the reason, finding a meaningful relationship in the new year is just like any other New Year's resolution. So, for single people or those who are finding themselves single again in 2016, where are the best places to find love for the upcoming year?

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According to datingadvice.com, the following are the top dating websites for those that are hoping to find that special someone.

  • Match.com has more than 13.5 million visits per month and many dating experts agree that the site is responsible for quite a few marriages as well as long term relationships. Members search for possible mates by age, profiles, locations and other factors that help determine who is the right person. Match.com is free to join and is for all singles. However, if members want to communitcate with others, a subscription fee is involved.
  • Zoosk is one of the fastest growing dating sites for all singles, which also utilizes social media as well as its smartphone app to help people find meaningful relationships as well as casual dates. Members can of course search for potential dates, but the site also provides daily suggestions. More than 35 million users are looking for love on zoosk. Zoosk offers a free preview. However, a subscription becomes involved when talking with other users. Review their terms and conditions to find out exactly what involves fees and what doesn't.
  • Eharmony uses a personality test to try and match up people that are compatible for one another. A subscription is involved though the site does offer a free trial. The site is only for straight singles and they receive more than four million visits a month.
  • OurTime.com is another fast growing dating website that is designed for singles ages 50 and over that are looking for meaningful relationships.

For singles looking for something a little closer to home, there's NJDates. This site is for those searching for long term love or for people looking to meet new friends. They offer web chats, speed dating, games and other activites that connect people with common interests. It's free to join. However, there is a monthly fee for users that want full access to all the site's features.

Even though it's in the pursuit of love, as with any service, make sure to review all the terms and conditions before signing on to avoid getting charged with unexpected fees.

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