Party goers at Byron Bay's Main Beach celebrate New Year's Eve, 2011.
Party goers at Byron Bay's Main Beach celebrate New Year's Eve, 2011. Jerad Williams

Singles crack the sads about Christmas, New Year's Eve

IT IS the time of year that singles dread.

While couples are whipping up meals for their husbands or wives, you are left on Facebook to stalk your lost loves and wonder what might've been.

Or maybe your life as a single is full of adventure and satisfaction but this time of year brings out all those annoying questions about "settling down" or "having children".

Dating website RSVP has quizzed 1300 singles to find out that plenty of them hate this time of year just as much as you do.

About half -- or 45% -- described Christmas as stressful and the pressure of the midnight kiss moment on New Year's Eve to be particularly frustrating.

Their top bugbear? Not having someone to kiss at midnight on New Year's Eve.

In second and third: Not having someone to holiday with and having to fly solo at parties.

About one-third of singles who stressed about the New Year's kiss found the moment "awkward" and that, "single women were more likely than men to find the situation awkward or challenging" (40% versus 31%).

RSVP spokeswoman Kari Taylor said it was no surprise single people felt so out-of-place on New Years'.

"You're more likely to feel uncomfortable and left out if you're surrounded by a sea of happy couples on New Year's Eve."

Thanks Kari.

"My advice to singles looking to avoid awkwardness as midnight strikes is make plans to spend the evening with a bunch of single friends who you know you'll have fun with," she said.

"Focus on the great people you have in your life already and don't put too much pressure on the evening."