Julien L. Balmer

This Is The Busiest Day Of The Year To Sign Up For Online Dating

If your New Year's Resolution is to find yourself a significant other, then you're in luck: Today is the day to sign up for online dating.

According to dating site Plenty of Fish, January 3rd is the busiest day of the year for new user registration. Approximately 81,000 people are expected to sign up with the free service today, marking a whopping 24 percent jump in the site's usual traffic.

Shannon Smith, public relations manager at Plenty of Fish, says,

The numbers are set to pay off for hopeful singles. Users who sign up during the first week of January will find their partner an average of two weeks faster than those who sign up later, taking an average of just 10 weeks compared to an average of 12 weeks throughout the year.

And the surge isn't just on Plenty of Fish — Match.com agrees the Sunday after New Year's Day is the busiest day of the year. It has even proclaimed it 'Dating Sunday,' according to online dating expert Julie Spira. On the site's blog, she writes,

It's as close to a national holiday for single daters as you can get.

If you don't have the time to sign up today, all hope is not lost: Membership generally increases by 60 percent between Christmas and Valentine's Day, meaning there are 60 percent more opportunities to find love during that time frame.

Tinder, ChristianMingle, and How About We also expect to see membership spike today and throughout the rest of the month.

So put your dating face on, singletons: This is the month to find love.

Citations: A national holiday for single daters best day to date online is 3 January (The Guardian), Dating Sunday could be your time to find love (USA Today)