Yes, it’s true, the period from late December to Valentines Day is officially known as National Break-up Season. According to a study done by Yahoo, couples are twice as likely to think about breaking up now compared to any other time during the year. And speaking from personal experience, as a case study of this break-up phenomenon who has recently become single for the first time in awhile, it’s true.
I realized that my situation was not just an isolated incident over the course of the past couple days after speaking to a number of different friends who (previously) had serious boyfriends, and enthusiastically said to me, “I’m single! Drinks this weekend?” I must say that it is comforting to know I am in good company.
Although this break-up season statistic may seem weird at first glance (wouldn’t couples be so in love after the holidays? and preparing to spend a romantic Cupid’s day together), it actually makes complete sense.
The month of January is a time where everyone reevaluates their life and what they need to change. Unfortunately, more often than not, one of those things that needs changing is a dead end relationship. So, along with vowing to drop pounds and discover ten new hobbies, people decide they are not with the right person and need to actually act on that feeling.
So, what are the two main reaons people consider breaking up, according to this study?
- 41 percent of people feel unfulfilled/in a rut and that leads them to reassess their dating life
- 42 percent of 18-29 year olds considered moving on from a relationship because they had conflicting views of the future with their partner
Bottom line: If you are considering a break-up, there’s no better time like the present! Join the break-up club and celebrate the season with the rest of us.