January ‘a scorching month for romance’

Research has often shown that January is the peak month for break-ups and divorces, but it can also be a hot time of the year for new relationships.

According to a survey by online dating website Parship.co.uk, singletons in the UK will have gone on a total of 2.5 million first dates last month.

This is twice as many as any other single month of the year and three times more than December’s total.

Saturday 30th was the busiest night for new couples, which means February could be a great month for those whose dates went well.

Dr Victoria Lukats, dating expert at Parship.co.uk, said there could be a number of reasons why January is such a scorching month for romance.

She explained that people looking for love may have put off dating until after Christmas, while others may have made a New Year’s resolution to meet someone special.

"The weather is also likely to have some additional influence," she added. "People are less likely to go on holiday at this time of year and as the temperatures outside fall, people spend more time at home and on the internet."

Her assumptions could be correct, as earlier in January, when snow blanketed most of the UK, dating website mysinglefriend.com reported a surge in traffic as people logged on in search of love.

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