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There's never really a 'good' time to break up with someone.
While you might to plan the end of your relationship with no birthdays, parties, holidays, funerals or anything else that could make the situation worse - it's always going to be bad.
But it seems there is one day where couples break up the most and today is that day. It's kind of strange when you think about it, especially considering the lead up to Christmas is meant to be one filled with love and family.
But researchers have tallied up the data and found that December 11 is the biggest break up day. Today even beats Valentine's Day (who would break up on a day like that) and the beginning of the year.
Dating expert Renee Slansky has told the Sydney Morning Herald: "I think as the year ends couples break up because they assume that the underlying issues they had in their relationship would have been fixed by now and they dread carrying the same issues into a new year."
Makes sense really.
Interestingly, this mass break up day comes less than a week after what has been called the last 'appropriate' day to break it off with your significant other before Christmas.
A survey commissioned by Hilarys.co.uk asked 2,643 people - some in relationships, some single - about their current and previous relationships, as well as their views on how, when and why people break up.
They discovered that 27 per cent of them broke up with their ex-partners during December. That's a remarkable number when you think about it.
Of those who broke up in December, 57 per cent - perhaps unsurprisingly - said that the spark had gone.
Forty-four percent said they had concerns their partner was cheating, and 26 percent said they had issues with their partner's living habits.
The survey also declared that December 6 is the last day to break up with someone without ruining their Christmas. Anytime after that date respondents thought it was too harsh.
Thirty-two percent of those who agreed said they'd wait until January to dump their SO after that date passed.
Lucy Askew, a spokesperson for Hillarys.co.uk said: "You would think that December would be the most popular time of year for couples to get together, but this research reveals quite the opposite."
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