Australia’s Dating Habits Revealed

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Our latest research compares overall interest in dating against established measures and events like economic factors, key political moments, and popular culture phenomena such as Royal Fever to reveal the factors that impact Australians’ dating habits.

The eHarmony Dating Index measured interest in dating from 2012 – 2014 using Google search data for relevant terms like ‘online dating’ and ‘date venues’, social media mentions of phrases such as ‘date tonight’, and traffic to eHarmony.com.au, to plot daily interest in dating on a scale between 0 and 100. It found that the average daily score for Australia is 41.

Among the findings, the Index shows that yearly interest in love and dating starts to climb from the end of September and continues to surge around the AFL and NRL grand finals, as well as the October Labour Day long weekend, when the Dating Index increases by approximately seven points over the daily average score – suggesting that the warmer weather, combined with the extra time off work and national sporting excitement are the perfect boosters to dating activity.

This trend continues over the summer season, with heightened interest in love and dating over the Christmas and New Year break, Australia Day and towards the end of the Australian Open, with an average Dating Index increase of 27%, from 41 to 52.

eHarmony dating and relationship expert, Melanie Schilling, says the Australia Day holiday is the perfect opportunity for singles to make the most of the social opportunities the long weekend has to offer. “Those looking to enter or re-enter the dating world should get out there, be vital, actively mingle and fully participate in all that the Aussie summer and sporting culture has to offer!”

If 2015 follows the Dating Index trends we’ve seen from over the past three years then we’re heading into a really busy dating period. With the Australian Open and Australia Day long weekend in late January, we can expect to see Aussies going on more dates which makes it an exciting time for both singles and couples.

To make the most of this period, Melanie suggests that singles take advantage of the social atmosphere and keep an eye out for potential matches. “Treat each event as an opportunity to present the best version of yourself, go with an open mind and be prepared to mingle with people outside of your usual ‘type’.  Call it a social experiment and see how many different people you can connect with during this peak social period. Collect some phone numbers so you can reap the benefits of your efforts during the quieter, coming months.”

Do you go on more dates during the summer sporting season? Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation @eHarmony_AU or on Facebook.com/eHarmonyaustralia.


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