Today Is The Most Popular Day Of The Year To Get Dumped
While many of us are preparing for a big day of romance on 14 February, it seems love might not be in the air anymore for some people - as tomorrow is apparently the top day of the year to get dumped. That's right, just two days before Valentine's Day... Harsh.
12 February has been dubbed 'Red Tuesday', as it's the peak day for dumping, according to new research.
The study found also that more couples will split up in the week in the week of Valentine's than any other week of the year, with more than a third of people asked (37 per cent) admitting they had broken up with a lover in that time frame.
The vast majority of people prefer to end a relationship without meeting their partner face-to-face, the most popular method being a simple text - chosen by 31 per cent of respondents - followed by a phone call (28 per cent).
Just 27 per cent prefer to do it in person, while others prefer Facebook (8 per cent), WhatsApp (4 per cent) or over Twitter (2 per cent).
Mind you, the results come from a new survey of 2,000 people by IllicitEncounters.com, a dating site for married people... So, yeah, the numbers might be just a tad skewed there.
The site also found 'Red Tuesday' is one of the peak days to see an illicit lover ahead of Valentine's, but thankfully eight out of 10 (78 per cent) would still choose to spend actual Valentine's Day with the regular partner. How good of them, eh?
16 per cent, on the other hand, will decide to leave their regular partner in the lurch and go out on a date with the lover on 14 February.
IllicitEncounters.com spokesman Christian Grant said: "The period between Christmas and February is a popular time for people to spring clean their love lives as well as their homes.
"This period of reflection reaches its peak in the week before Valentine's when there are more break-ups than at any other time of the year.
"For lots of people, it is easier to call time on a relationship rather than pretend everything is fine and tell lots of white lies.
"Dumping someone electronically is rising in popular with three-quarters of people breaking up with someone over the phone rather than in person.
"Everyone will have seen unhappy couples pretending that they enjoying each other's company on dinner dates on Valentine's Day.
"What's more interesting is looking at the body language of couples out on February 11, 12 or 13 - they are likely to be having a lot more fun while having an affair, celebrating Valentine's together a few days early before returning to their partners."
Apparently the reason there are so many break-ups during what is supposed to be the most romantic week of the year is because Valentine's Day makes people think about whether their relationship is really working.
Oh, and it's easier to call it quits ahead of Valentine's - saving a money on a gift and also not having to make false declarations of love.
Who said romance was dead?
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