Today marks the start of the peak breakup period, according to a recent study of over 10,000 Facebook status updates that shows most break ups happen two weeks prior to Christmas*.
In fact, couples are twice as likely to think about breaking up during this time.**
The top reasons for festive breakups include:
1. It’s economical, saves on buying a Christmas present.
2. Saves on having to meet your partner’s family for the first time or have to spend the festive period with them.
3. There are lots of Christmas parties happening with the opportunity of mingling with different people and the temptation to kiss someone new under the mistletoe.
Howard James, spokesperson for Australian casual dating site, ForgetDinner.com.au, says, “The festive period can be a lonely time, especially for those who have just come out of a relationship. New singletons should look on this time as an opportunity to kick back and enjoy thinking for just themselves rather than for two. Being single can be a lot of fun.”
Mr. James has the following tips to ensure newly single people remain jolly during the silly season:
1. Make plans – Think about the things you want to do, see and achieve and make them happen. Don’t just wish for these things; actually write down a plan as to how you’re going to ensure they happen.
2. No drunk dialling – You don’t need to wish your ex a Happy Christmas or see how they’re doing. Back away from the phone when these urges arise.
3. Buy yourself a gift - Cheer yourself up and ensure no disappointment by buying the gift you really want this Christmas.
4. Don’t set about searching for the one - Give yourself a break and enjoy some festive fun and casual dates. Sign up to new casual dating site ForgetDinner.com.au and meet other singletons looking for some no-strings-attached fun.
5. Enjoy being single! Focus on number one and have a great time doing it. Being single is not a death sentence, it’s an opportunity to be selfish and think about only you!
ForgetDinner.com.au is the first casual dating site in Australia for people who don’t have any intention to get married.
*According to research conducted in 2008 by David McCandless and Lee Bryon for The Visual Miscellaneum
**According to a study conducted by Yahoo! Personals