Match Makes a Stir in 2012: A Look Back at This Year’s Events Across the Country

As we embrace the excitement and refreshment of a new year, we wanted to take a moment to look back at how Stir, events by Match.com, has made an impact in 2012 in the lives of singles from coast to coast. From the beginning of Stir’s official launch in May 2012, we’ve seen firsthand how offering an innovative yet familiar way of meeting other people, in a welcoming and comfortable environment, can make the process of finding a connection with someone else easier and less intimidating. But just how many singles have attended a Stir event this past year? We take a look at the initiative’s highlights below:

  • This year, Stir has held just over 1,600 events with over 150,000 attendees
  • Each month, Stir has hosted over 300 events in more than 80 cities across the country
  • Match.com’s Stir has forged partnerships with over 800 different venues, small and large, to host these singles events

In further celebration of the newly developed relationships Stir has created with venues all over the country, the team created Stir-branded stickers to give our favorite partners to hang in their windows, signifying that Match.com Stir events are held there! Check out the sticker here:

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Be on the lookout for the stickers hanging in your favorite local hotspots, and be sure to check out Stir’s latest events happening in your neighborhood by signing onto your Match.com account today. New events for all age groups are added frequently, so head to the “Events” tab onsite to see where Match.com singles are mingling near you in 2013!

Stirring up New Year’s Eve with Singles Events Across the Country

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New Year’s Eve is around the corner, and Match.com’s Stir events will host 12 events across the U.S. for singles who might be looking for a kiss at midnight! From Dallas to Minneapolis to Los Angeles, Match members from coast to coast can ring in the new year with other singles with a selection of Stir happy hours. If love will be on your radar in 2013, you’re not alone– over 64% of Match.com singles said their New Year’s resolution will be related to finding love as well! And what better place to kick off your resolution then at a Stir event with hundreds of other singles looking for the same thing?

To see if we’re hosting a New Year’s Eve Stir event in your city, log onto your Match.com account and head to the “Events” tab! Cheers to finding love in 2013!

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Featured Success Couple: Hadley and Andy

Hadley and Andy Match.com Success Couple

We had our first date at Alivia’s (our rehearsal dinner location), and spent time together every single day after that. Our dogs met on our second date which would have been a deal breaker if they didn’t get along. Continue reading

The Guide to Getting Over Her

2012 has seen it’s fair share of dating highs and lows, so we took to our data on singles to see just how are they adjusting to singlehood post-separation. For one, men are more likely to immediately drown their sorrows by going out for a drink (24%) or immersing themselves in hobbies (20%), but what else can guys do to move on after a split? Match.com’s relationship expert Whitney Casey put together a guide for each age group of guys to getting past a breakup so that you’ll be well on your way to recovery. Check it out below!

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The Guide to Getting over Her

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The Guide to Getting Over Him

2012 has seen it’s fair share of dating highs and lows, so we took to our data on singles to see just how are they adjusting to singledom post-separation. For one, Women are more likely to mourn their breakup by comforting themselves with food (22%) or by holing up at home on the couch and watching TV (22%), but what else can ladies do to move on after a split? Match.com’s relationship expert Whitney Casey put together a guide for each age group of women to getting past a breakup so that you’ll be well on your way to recovery. Check it out below!

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The Top 12 Celebrity Shake-ups of 2012

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It’s been a wild year in the world of celebrity shakeups, from the ending of longtime marriages like Joe and Tina Simpson, to frequent announcements of unexpected splits — 2012 has seen it all! So whose relationship moment was the most shocking news of 2012? Check out our list below!

The Top 12 Celebrity Shake-ups of 2012:

  1. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
  2. Heidi Klum and Seal
  3. Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis
  4. Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart
  5. Peter Facinelli and Jennie Garth
  6. Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana
  7. Taylor Swift and Conor Kennedy
  8. Will Arnett and Amy Poehler
  9. Joe Simpson and Tina Simpson
  10. Shia LaBeouf and Mia Goth
  11. Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez
  12. Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman

Were there any other shocking celebrity shake-ups we missed? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below! 

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Match.com Reveals the Ups & Downs of Dating Behavior of 2012

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The dating world has proven to be a whirlwind for singles this year – for celebrities and everyday people alike! We at Match.com compiled the most compelling trends and statistics tied to the biggest highs and lows of relationships this year. For starters, 64% of singles reported that their top New Year’s resolution will be to find new love in 2013 and nearly 1/3 of younger singles reported they’ve reconnected with the same ex over three times – Bieber and Gomez are on track to beat the odds!

So what’s causing couples to split — celebrities and everyday people alike — and how are they adjusting to singlehood post-separation? Using findings from our 2012 “Singles In America” study, we found the top reasons singles are splitting and just how they recover. Check out our findings on singles’ dating behaviors below!

Top relationship deal-breakers listed by women:

  • Cheating (20%)
  • Romantic attraction fizzled out (11%)
  • Alcohol or drug use (9%)

Top relationship deal-breakers listed by men:

  • Cheating (15%)
  • Romantic attraction fizzled out (14%)
  • Incompatible habits (11%)

How Singles Recover:

  • Talking to friends/family is the most popular move post-breakup for both men and women (41%).
  • Men are more likely to immediately drown their sorrows by going out for a drink (24%) or immersing themselves in hobbies (20%).
  • Women are more likely to mourn their breakup by comforting themselves with food (22%) or by holing up at home on the couch and watching TV (22%).

Recovery by the Ages:

  • 20s: Singles in their 20s are most likely to work out (20%), talk to their friends (56%), and go out for a drink (32%).
  • 30sKatie Holmes’ recent focus on her career is not unusual after a breakup at all, as the study found singles in their 30s are most likely to immerse themselves in work (25%) after a split.
  • 40s and 50s: Singles in this age range are less likely to seek the gym for solace (7%), and instead prefer to call friends/family(39%) or escape their troubles by watching TV (20%).

Recovery Time:

  • 37% of men take no more than a month to get over a breakup (55% bounce back in three months or less).
  • 32% of women take a year or more to recover, with 1/5 of respondents reporting that it took them more than two years to move o.
  • Singles in their 20s take less time to get over a breakup, with 62% reporting it took them less than three months to move on
  • Singles in their 50s and 60s lament longer after a relationship ends, with 30% of those surveyed taking over a year to rebound.

Can We Still Be Friends?

  • Men are more likely to remain friends post-breakup (28%).
  • Women are more likely to cut off all communication (41%) with their ex-partner.
  • Singles in their 60s are most likely to remain friends with an ex.
  • Younger singles prefer limited communication via email and phone post-breakup.

Bouncing Back:

  • 50% of women and 43% of men have reconciled with an ex-partner.
  • Younger singles are more likely to get back with an ex than older singles, with 27% of respondents in their 20s reporting going through the breakup/make up cycle with the same ex over three times (9.3% have reconciled over five times with the same ex!).

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Holidating: 4 Tips & Strategies to Saving Money on Gifts This Holiday Season

“Holidating” is an ongoing Match.com blog series focusing on data from a recent Match.com survey on singles and the holiday season. Stay tuned for more posts examining the data in the upcoming week!

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Even though Black Friday and Cyber Monday have already passed, many of us still have quite a bit of holiday gift shopping to complete. In fact, giving gifts is one of singles’ most cherished holiday traditions, with 45% saying they love giving presents more than attending parties or decorating. Great deals are still out there – you just need to know how to find them amid the masses of shoppers. In order to keep your gift shopping from crushing your checking account and stressing you out, here are five tips to save on Holiday gifts.

1. Establish a Budget
Take a step back and assess your Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping. Did you score some great deals? Did you overspend? Either way, establish a budget for what you can afford for your remaining presents, and be sure to stick to it. Continue reading

Holidating: This Season, Why Not Give The Gift of Charity? By Kristan Turns

“Holidating” is an ongoing Match.com blog series focusing on data from a recent Match.com survey on singles and the holiday season. Stay tuned for more posts examining the data in the upcoming week!

Singles Volunteering Holidating Match.com

With the lights hung and ornaments arranged, shoppers discover themselves at that point in the season where they’ve begun frantically hunting for gifts to place under trees. But what to buy?? The determination to find “The Perfect Present” certainly affects many whose holidays are deeply rooted in the tradition of gift-giving.

Singles aren’t immune to the seasonal chaos of overcrowded shopping mall parking lots. 45% look forward to giving gifts to others as their favorite holiday tradition, but might encounter a tricky tightrope when selecting just the right items. After only a few dates, most women are unlikely to expect a diamond tiara, and it might be a very lopsided exchange if she elects to give her partner a “glad-we’re-friends” card. Fortunately, there’s a great solution to avoiding this kind of mess while also celebrating the season of giving: donating to a charitable cause. Continue reading

Holidating: Holiday Parties- Singles Like To Go, But Hate to Throw!

 

 

“Holidating” is an ongoing Match.com blog series focusing on data from a recent Match.com survey on singles and the holiday season. Stay tuned for more posts examining the data in the upcoming week!

Holiday Party

Singles! It is time to be the life of the party… the holiday party, that is. When we asked single men and women across the country to rate their favorite holiday traditions, going to holiday parties ranked high in the minds of singles. However, ask them to throw a holiday party? You’ll find no one on that list!

While being a guest was the best, hosting the holidays ranked last on the list of favorites. In fact, men were more pumped about parties than women! When it comes to a hankering for holiday soirées, our survey showed that 38% of men have fete fever, while only 24% of women are equally as enthusiastic about sharing a room with revelers. Continue reading

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