In the wake of Brexit, online dating wizards eHarmony discovered that 1.6 million Britons broke up because of it. So, how safe is your relationship from politics?
The image of Jacob Rees-Mogg lazily giving exactly zero amount of figs as the Tories rebelled against Boris to stop a ‘no-deal’ Brexit (and potentially push the nation into an October election) is a fairly decent illustration of the political apathy that has washed over governments worldwide.
But are political differences enough to press the kill switch on a budding relationship?
Maybe you’re not being all that irrational when you think your partner’s adoration of Howard’s eyebrows may just be enough to pull the plug.
Using data from eHarmony, research firm ICM found that Brexit-based disagreements led to the end of the relationships of an eye-watering 1.6 million people.
Opposing political views led to nearly 2.7 million people throughout the UK ending a relationship in the last year, with 1.6 million specifically mentioning Brexit as a ‘major factor’ in splitting.
With numbers like that, you’d think even mentioning the ‘B’ word on your dating profile would be romantic suicide, right?
Well, perplexingly, profiles that mentioned Brexit – either positively or negatively – received up to 90 per cent more messages than the average member.
This saw women receive an 84 per cent increase in their inbox filling, and men boosting by 90 per cent.
Brexit wreaking havoc on kindred spirits is not an online-only phenomenon, either. A study by charity group Relate found that a fifth of the 300 relationship counsellors they had spoken to work with clients who argued over Brexit last year.
So, maybe you’re not being all that irrational when you think your partner’s adoration of Howard’s eyebrows may just be enough to pull the plug, or that the One Nation newsletters in the mail may be a sign to get out while the going’s still good.
Or you could always just try to get your beloved to play for your home team; a bit of branch stacking never hurt anyone.
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