5 Ways to Spring Into Singles Day 2016
By Top10BestDatingSites Staff
Singles Day might just be our favourite tradition to come out of China since Sweet and Sour chicken and noodles. What could be more fun than a day to celebrate all the best things about being single and carefree?
Here are our top ways to make the most of the fun, whether you’re single and loving it, happily coupled up, or looking to make yourself part of a relationship in 2017.
1. Be Single and Proud
Singles day has come a long, long way since it started in 1993. It began as simply a day to celebrate being single, founded by some students in Nanjing University. The One Child rule in China means that many women find themselves outnumbered, with their pick of the men. Unfortunately, this means there are far more lonely heart males than females. Sometimes known as Bachelors Day, Singles Day became a day to celebrate with your single friends, and forget about the lack of available ladies! Nowadays, online dating can help you find a place to mingle with the perfect ratio of men to women. match.com for example, has an almost perfect ratio! No need to stop celebrating your single life though. Any excuse for a great party, eh?
2. Shop ‘till You Drop
In 2009, China’s largest eCommerce company Alibaba co-opted Singles Day, and has turned it into an online shopping bonanza to rival the likes of Black Friday. Incredible online shopping opportunities are in the works for 2016, with the help of virtual fashion shows and augmented reality games. Last year alone, almost $15bn was spent on Singles Day, beating Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined. What are you waiting for? Especially if you’re loving the single life, you don’t have anyone to check in with before you max out that credit card - get online and grab some bargains!
3. Get Social
Chinese culture depends heavily on what is driven by social media, and sharing what you bought can be almost as important as buying it in the first place. Popular app WeChat works to bring social sharing, shopping and chatting all together. Did you know that over half of the consumers on Singles Day using WeChat will have their bank cards linked automatically? This means they can share their impulse buys at the click of a button. Dating sites like Zoosk and Cupid are social media savvy from the outset, letting you search for love in the same kind of way you celebrate your single-dom. Until you find someone worth giving it all up for, of course!
4. Do we Hear Wedding Bells?
While Singles Day is celebrated on November 11th, with the four 1’s resembling 4 lonely sticks, it has actually become a popular day to leave your single life behind forever. Tying the knot, taking the plunge, saying the big 'I Do'. Whatever you call it, 60% of people who are making the most of Singles Day are married, and only one quarter are actually single. In 2011, with the year making the date 11/11/11, there were an above average amount of weddings recorded. This day was known as the Singles Day of the Century. Some people have even tweaked the meaning of the single lonely 1’s to mean ‘Only One’, as in telling your other half they are the only one for you. Aw.
5. Host a Blind Date Party
If that last example melted your lonely heart just a little bit, why not turn Singles Day on its head for you, too? It may seem kind of ironic, but with all those singles in the same place… try to find some chemistry in the air this November 11th. As happy as you might be enjoying your single life, would anyone really turn down Mr or Mrs Right if they came along? Blind Date parties are a fantastic way of introducing single friends, and maybe finding someone for yourself along the way. One such party hosted in Harbin City in 2010 attracted thousands of participants, proving the path to find love can be a crowded one. Just make sure you have enough pretzels to go around.
If you’ve tried it all, and your blind date party has left you feeling more ‘lonely stick’ than ever, why not try our comparison chart of the best online dating sites to get you thoroughly coupled up by next year's Singles Day?
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