Breaking up is hard to do: how to (gracefully) get a fresh start
The survey of 500 Canadian singles revealed some interesting insights about love in this country: recommended reading whether you plan to break up, make up or start again in 2016!
Breaking up? Stop in the name of love!
Want to start the year with a clean romantic slate? As the Supremes implored, think it over! It’s advice that comes too late for many Canadians surveyed, with a startling amount of singles revealing that they regret a past break up: 41 per cent wish they’d never dumped that ex.1
Many of those on the receiving end of a break up have similar pangs of nostalgia, with a huge 58 per cent admitting that they would return to an ex’s arms if they asked. And it’s not just love that is drawing Canadian men and women back into old patterns: sex can be a draw card too. Over a third of singles (37 per cent) confess to having enjoyed sex-with-an-ex in the past.
All out of love
Love and sex might draw couples back together but love can also tear them apart. In fact love (or, more specifically, the lack thereof), is the most common reason for breaking up, with 65 per cent of Canadians admitting to having dumped someone after the love disappeared.
The next most popular reason to give a lover the boot is because they are bad in bed. Close to one-in-three singles (30 per cent) confess that they’ve ditched someone because the sex was unsatisfying. Other reasons given for breaking up include falling for someone else (used by 25 per cent of singles), hating a partner’s family (21 per cent), thinking that your partner lacks ambition (18 per cent) and wanting to play the field (17 per cent).