THE BLOG
02/13/2014 02:57 pm ET Updated Apr 14, 2014

Should You Give up on Dating?

We have the best intentions in January. Motivated by the New Year and the fresh sense of optimism, we vow to lose weight, pledge to save more money, and maybe even dedicate ourselves to one of life's greatest adventures -- the pursuit of love. Six weeks later, however, the scale hasn't budged, the bank account is plummeting, and your love life is on life support!

Our New Year's resolutions are now about six weeks old and many of those well-intentioned declarations are dying out. If you vowed to find love in 2014, your optimism may be slowly fading. After all, finding love is not easy. But if you're thinking about giving up on your love life, then you're making a major mistake. Should you give up on dating? Absolutely not... and especially not right now!

Although February may be the month when New Year's resolutions fall by the wayside, it's also the month of love, passion, and romance. This is the time of year when friends reconnect, couples renew that lovin' feeling, and singles join online dating sites!

"This is definitely one of our busiest times of the year," says Rachel Seliger, JDate.com's Community Manager. "We often see a big bump in membership numbers with so many people adding 'find love' to their New Year's resolutions!"

If you're single and looking for love this month, then you are in good company. In fact, the odds of meeting someone special are pretty good considering the surge of people taking their search for love online this week. However, that's not the only thing in your favor.

Another reason why you should absolutely stick to your dating resolutions is that the stigma of online dating has essentially disappeared. Think about it: How many people do you know who have tried online dating? And how many couples do you know who met their significant other online? I'm willing to bet you can easily point to several examples in your own life. Want more proof? How about these stats from a new report jointly commissioned by ChristianMingle.com and JDate.com:

  • 85 percent of singles say online dating is socially acceptable and two out of three singles know people who have met through online dating.
  • 94 percent of respondents believe online dating expands their dating pool.
  • 80 percent of singles agree online dating is better at finding a match than family members and 78 percent agree online dating is better at finding a match than friends.

If you're looking for love in 2014, be patient. I can't tell you when it will happen; I can't tell you who you'll fall for; I can't even tell how it will all come together. But what I can tell you is that your odds of meeting some fun new people are very good right now. And as the old saying goes, "When it's raining soup, grab a spoon."

So get out there and take every opportunity given to you: accept party invitations, join a new class, try a new hobby, go online. Your perfect match is waiting, but you can't find them by giving up. And your mother definitely didn't raise a quitter!