In addition, older adults have also discovered the benefits of online dating services to connect with other people; and today they represent a significant segment of the online dating market.

Why struggle to find someone special in a crowded bar when you can do it more easily and effectively from the comfort of your own home?

With the first week in January being the busiest time for online dating, we asked three experts to explain how these trends will translate into the dating culture of 2017.

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To add more fuel to the anti-2016 fire, dating experts are calling it a bad year for dating trends.

"I wanted so bad to say something positive, but it's mostly negative," joked Michelle Jacoby, owner of DC Matchmaking and Coaching.

She predicts a rise in apps like Whim, which skips the pre-date conversation and immediately matches people for meetups.

Mc Cann notes that many of her clients are preferring to meet the old-fashioned way, ditching apps in favor of connecting through friends, being set up or meeting people at social events like weddings and parties.

and the percentage of those swipes to actually meeting in person is really disproportionate," says Julie Spira, founder of Cyber Dating

Spira says she believes that 2017 will see more of a push for people to meet in real life.

"When human beings are offered many choices, they're actually less likely to make a decision or selection," Jacoby says.

People are tired of going on 100 dates before someone finally interests them.

Back then, not everyone acknowledged the benefits of this activity, which was perceived as a rather impersonal way of finding love.