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An article in Washington Business Journal indicated that during the government shutdown, online dating jumped by 110%! This is clear indication that when people will jump to the opportunity to try online dating when they have the chance. The gov’t shutdown lasted for over a week and after a while, people get through their tier 1 to-do lists and end up with too much time on their hands. Note that this is from Zoosk but I imagine this was the same across other online dating sites such as eHarmony, Match.com, Chemistry.com and others.