While Christmas is billed as the most wonderful time of the year, it can often amplify feelings of loneliness if you’re single.
In fact, a new survey has revealed that single Britons find Christmas Day to be the loneliest of the year, and Google searches for “Tinder dating app” have risen by 100% during the month leading up to Christmas.
So if you’re looking for love this Christmas, or simply want to fully embrace 'cuffing season', it may be worth making a trip to one UK city in particular.
This is because a new study has found that Cambridge is the British city where singletons are most likely to find love this festive season.
The study, by OnlineCasinos.co.uk which analysed Match.com data, found that Cambridge has among the highest rate of dating app users and the highest number of dating events, giving it a total “romance” score of 8.55 out of 10.
Liverpool and Manchester came second and third respectively, with Liverpool scoring 7.50 out of 10 and Manchester coming in close behind with 7.29 out of 10.
Manchester actually scored the highest in terms of dating app users, with a score of 10 out of 10 for dating apps, but fell short on dating events where it scored just 4.58.
Worcester and Chelmsford completed the top five, with a score of 7.09 and 6.25 respectively, while Norwich (5.63), Brighton (5.63), Southampton (5.42), Nottingham (5.22), and Glasgow (5.21) rounded out the top 10.
The top 10 cities for singles in the UK
In total, analysts found that Cambridge has around 32 singletons per 1,000 people, while Liverpool has 30 singles for every 1,000 people.
Manchester’s high dating app score means that there are currently 11,089 people actively looking for love in the Northern city, or 44 people per every 1,000.
According to a blog post from Match.com, life coach Laura Yates says: “Christmas can really trigger us when it comes to comparing ourselves to others, especially if your friends or family members are all loved up.”
She explains that, while family members asking whether you are single or if there is “anyone on the scene” may be unhelpful, it’s important to frame them asking as them being considerate, and not to get too frustrated or put out by their questions.
“Don’t feel like you need to lie as there is nothing to feel embarrassed or ashamed about,” Yates adds. “You can simply say ‘not right now’ and that you’re busy enjoying life, being proactive in meeting people and not rushing into anything.”
Other tips Yates suggests are using the festive break to “assess your current dating strategy” and using it as a time to make positive plans for the future. She adds that it’s also important to remember that Christmas isn’t about being in a relationship: “It’s really about being with people you care about, taking some time out for yourself and having fun.”
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