Match's Free Holiday Hotline Is Here To Answer This Season's Dating Questions
Start writing a post
Swoon

I Asked Match's Chief Dating Expert For Her Best Advice On Dating During The Holidays, And You Can Too

It's the gift I never knew I needed.

66
I Asked Match's Chief Dating Expert For Her Best Advice On Dating During The Holidays, And You Can Too
Match

We've all been there... You know, when you're sitting at the holiday table being drilled with questions about your love life. Whether it's "Are you still single?" or "When are you and X getting married?" the questions are NEVERENDING. And since this time of year can be especially tricky for such topics, dating app Match is here to help with a new FREE service: the Holiday Hotline.

Essentially, Match's Holiday Hotline (1-888-302-6224) is a free service where you can call Match's top dating experts through December 9 from 8 am to 8 pm CST to get answers for or get advice on all of your dating and relationship questions and predicaments.

Ahead of its release, I was able to ask Match's chief dating expert, Rachel DeAlto, a few of your most popular questions to help us all get through the season without any unnecessary heartache. Here's what she had to say:

Question: When do you know if it’s the right time to spend the holidays together?

Rachel's Answer: "Choosing to spend the holidays together can be a big step. I'd ask if you are both in it for the long haul and have a good foundation. Also, understand that your partner's family dynamics may be different than yours, so honest communication goes a long way prior to dinner!"

Question: How do you keep the romance alive if you’re spending the holidays apart from your loved one?

Rachel's Answer: "There are so many great ways to stay connected, and for couples apart, daily FaceTime dates can go a long way. Keeping the romance alive is often about making your partner a priority — which you can do from anywhere."

Question: What if one person isn’t willing to give up time with their family for their significant other’s?

Rachel's Answer: "Compromise is essential! I'd suggest finding their why and then making a decision - why are they adamant about it? Is there a holiday that they would be more accommodating around?"

Question: How do you keep the momentum going over a long break with someone you've been casually seeing?

Rachel's Answer: "Stay connected. Flirty texts and check-ins go a long way. Also, let them know that you'd like to see them after the holiday and make a plan."

Question: If you’ve been dating for a bit, but you haven’t defined the relationship yet, is the holiday season a good or bad time to do so?

Rachel's Answer: "You can have a DTR conversation any time of year, but read the room - if the holidays are stressing them out, it may not be the best timing. It's a great time to read their actions - are they inviting you to family events? Did they buy you a gift? Sometimes an actual conversation isn't necessary."

Question: What’s the best way to answer the dreaded ‘Why are you still single?’ question?

Rachel's Answer: "Own the conversation - let them know that you're dating and just haven't met the right person yet, and then redirect the convo elsewhere."

Question: What’s your biggest piece of advice for those who feel lonely around the holidays?

Rachel's Answer: "You are not alone! Reach out. Whether you call us, a friend, or a family member, you have people to talk to. Also, self-care is key. Do things that light you up, make you laugh, and spark joy."

Have more questions? Call the Holiday Hotline at 1-888-302-6224 now through Monday, December 9.

Follow Swoon on Instagram.

Report this Content
Robert Bye on Unsplash

I live by New York City and I am so excited for all of the summer adventures.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

The invention of photography

The history of photography is the recount of inventions, scientific discoveries and technical improvements that allowed human beings to capture an image on a photosensitive surface for the first time, using light and certain chemical elements that react with it.

236947

The history of photography is the recount of inventions, scientific discoveries and technical improvements that allowed human beings to capture an image on a photosensitive surface for the first time, using light and certain chemical elements that react with it.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Exposing Kids To Nature Is The Best Way To Get Their Creative Juices Flowing

Constantly introducing young children to the magical works of nature will further increase the willingness to engage in playful activities as well as broaden their interactions with their peers

1674853

Whenever you are feeling low and anxious, just simply GO OUTSIDE and embrace nature! According to a new research study published in Frontiers in Psychology, being connected to nature and physically touching animals and flowers enable children to be happier and altruistic in nature. Not only does nature exert a bountiful force on adults, but it also serves as a therapeutic antidote to children, especially during their developmental years.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

5 Simple Ways To Give Yourself Grace, Especially When Life Gets Hard

Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we are becoming.

1051671
Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

If there's one thing I'm absolutely terrible at, it's giving myself grace. I'm easily my own worst critic in almost everything that I do. I'm a raging perfectionist, and I have unrealistic expectations for myself at times. I can remember simple errors I made years ago, and I still hold on to them. The biggest thing I'm trying to work on is giving myself grace. I've realized that when I don't give myself grace, I miss out on being human. Even more so, I've realized that in order to give grace to others, I need to learn how to give grace to myself, too. So often, we let perfection dominate our lives without even realizing it. I've decided to change that in my own life, and I hope you'll consider doing that, too. Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we're becoming. As you read through these five affirmations and ways to give yourself grace, I hope you'll take them in. Read them. Write them down. Think about them. Most of all, I hope you'll use them to encourage yourself and realize that you are never alone and you always have the power to change your story.

Keep Reading... Show less
Entertainment

Breaking Down The Beginning, Middle, And End of Netflix's Newest 'To All The Boys' Movie

Noah Centineo and Lana Condor are back with the third and final installment of the "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" series

948800
Netflix

Were all teenagers and twenty-somethings bingeing the latest "To All The Boys: Always and Forever" last night with all of their friends on their basement TV? Nope? Just me? Oh, how I doubt that.

I have been excited for this movie ever since I saw the NYC skyline in the trailer that was released earlier this year. I'm a sucker for any movie or TV show that takes place in the Big Apple.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

4 Ways To Own Your Story, Because Every Bit Of It Is Worth Celebrating

I hope that you don't let your current chapter stop you from pursuing the rest of your story.

621021
Photo by Manny Moreno on Unsplash

Every single one of us has a story.

I don't say that to be cliché. I don't say that to give you a false sense of encouragement. I say that to be honest. I say that to be real.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

How Young Feminists Can Understand And Subvert The Internalized Male Gaze

Women's self-commodification, applied through oppression and permission, is an elusive yet sexist characteristic of a laissez-faire society, where women solely exist to be consumed. (P.S. justice for Megan Fox)

401539
Paramount Pictures

Within various theories of social science and visual media, academics present the male gaze as a nebulous idea during their headache-inducing meta-discussions. However, the internalized male gaze is a reality, which is present to most people who identify as women. As we mature, we experience realizations of the perpetual male gaze.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

It's Important To Remind Yourself To Be Open-Minded And Embrace All Life Has To Offer

Why should you be open-minded when it is so easy to be close-minded?

510254

Open-mindedness. It is something we all need a reminder of some days. Whether it's in regards to politics, religion, everyday life, or rarities in life, it is crucial to be open-minded. I want to encourage everyone to look at something with an unbiased and unfazed point of view. I oftentimes struggle with this myself.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments