Hold on to your hats, and your partners, because statistically the 11th of December is the most common day for couples to break up. In fact, the entire month of December is the most popular for getting dumped, according to the analysis of data from thousands of Facebook messages. Brings a new meaning to the term ‘silly season’, no?
And the reasons for the break-ups varied greatly – from not wanting to spend the often stressful holiday period with someone they may not be 100 per cent on, to not wanting to introducing said partner to friends and family on Christmas Day.
Psychologist Dr. Dorree Lynn told ABC News: “If you’re not sure, particularly if you haven’t been dating for several years, a lot of people have issues about gift giving and how intimate the gift giving is.”
“They get frightened because they don’t want to put pressure on the other person, but on the other hand they don’t want to feel like a fool giving something and not getting anything back.”
Similarly, research by Australian dating app RedHotPie showed that 71 per cent of women and 56 per cent of men would rather break up with their partner if they’re “not that into them” than take them home to meet their family at Christmas.
However a recent British poll by Hilarys revealed that any relationship splits should be done earlier than today, ideally before the 6th of December, deeming any break ups done after this date ‘too harsh’ being so close to Christmas. Either way, if you’re the one considering doing the breaking up, may I strongly suggest you read this first.
You might be relieved to hear that after this fateful day, most couples stayed together. So if you’re still paired up tomorrow, chances are it’s true love, and you’ll (at least) make it into the New Year. Which presents it’s own set of challenges. Just ask Dr Lurve.