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Do You Holidate?
It’s simple. Nobody likes to be alone during the holiday season. But did you know an estimated 10% of U.S. women and 14% of men date someone during the holidays just to avoid being alone. Researchers call this practice holidating.
Evolutionary biologist Justin Garcia — scientific adviser for the international online dating site Match.com and faculty member at Indiana University’s Kinsey Institute and Department of Gender Studies — was a principal investigator for Match.com’s annual Singles in America study, involving subjects from a nationally representative survey and not drawn from the dating site.
If you feel lonely this season whether because of a breakup or just because – consider spending time helping others. Volunteering sometimes helps to take our minds off our own problems. Also, let your friends and family know how you are feeling. This can be hard for some men but confiding in those you trust can help you feel less alone. And if all fails, call a professional and talk about it. There are also free hotlines where you can talk confidentially, try 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
An additional survey of 1,000 Match.com clients found 82% reported the holidays make people feel more romantic than other times of the year but a quarter of respondents reported experiencing a break-up during the holiday season.
The full article is courtesy of United Press International and can be found at: http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2013/12/24/Holidating-dating-just-to-avoid-being-alone-for-the-holiday/UPI-42411387929186/#ixzz2ogtvgQfq