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Dating for the Sake of Dating?

kzenon/Thinkstock(BLOOMINGTON, Ind.) -- There’s something about this time of year that seems to bring out the romance in people.

Justin Garcia, an evolutionary biologist at Indiana University's Kinsey Institute and Department of Gender Studies, has coined the phrase “holidating” for the practice of dating someone during the holidays in order not to be alone.

Garcia, who’s also an adviser for, says that 14 percent of men and 10 percent of women “holidate.”

The survey of 1,000 people found that just over eight in ten claim that the holidays make them feel more romantic.  But it also has its drawbacks.  About one in four break-ups also occur during the period running from before Christmas to around Valentine’s Day.

Meanwhile, the Internet has become the nation’s most popular “pick-up place.”  More than a quarter of men and women admitted to arranging a date online while just 7 percent said they met their more recent sweetheart at a bar.

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