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) Come January, ads for the some of the biggest global dating service brands gradually replace those Guinness ‘White Christmas’ TV spots, while the same companies bombard news outlets with press releases aimed at steering casual daters onto the internet.One such story from this year pinpointed 5 January as the most popular day of the year for internet dating.The dating site generally sees a 25 to 30 per cent boost in traffic between Christmas and 14 February, and their survey even went as far as to pick 8.57pm on 5 Jan as the most likely time to find love online.So what are the options for Irish people looking to find someone to love, date, or even just to distract them from the fact that it’s still winter?A new app ‘Farmers Match’ aims to make dating easier for country singles.Derek Ma, who is based in Silicon Valley, claims the app has already approximately 200 Irish users.Generally farmers live in small communities where everybody already knows everybody.Let’s face it; the sparks don’t always fly with people you’ve known all your life. “When country singles try the likes of Tinder, they all too often encounter people who don’t understand or appreciate their lifestyle,” he said.
people who are single look to start afresh after a month of socialising and family get-togethers in December (who has time to find a soul-mate when there’s office Kris Kringle presents to buy?
“Now, there are a lot of mixed emotions people might have about the online thing, but certainly there’s no substitute for face-to-face contact and that emotional connection.
“We’ve run over 500 of these events in the last seven or eight years, and you can tell there’s definitely a lot to be said about the first 30 to 60 seconds when people come in contact.
Features include Spark, whereby users swipe left to pass on a potential match and right to indicate a good match. A ‘moments’ feature allows “special points in time to be shared”.
When you live in a rural area, meeting people can be a challenge.
The speed-dating nights costing between €20 and €29 per person; events in Dublin take place in either Cafe en Seine or Howl at the Moon, while in Cork and Galway the venues are the Long Island Cocktail Club and the Skeff Bar, respectively.