The Most Popular Time of the Year for Break-ups is Approaching
If your relationship has been on the rocks for a while now, here’s why it could be coming to an end this holiday season.
The “most wonderful time of the year” is rapidly approaching! Beautiful decorations, tasty comfort foods, thoughtful gifts for loved ones, yankee swaps, secret Santas and…. break-ups?! Yes, you read that correctly. While the holidays are widely known to bring lots of joy all over the world, they also can bring considerable amounts of pain and grueling heartbreak.
According to data retrieved from a Facebook study, the most popular month of the year for break-ups to occur in is December. It’s super ironic how the month mainly recognized for happiness and holiday spirit is also known as the month where love and relationships are most likely to perish. Statistically speaking, December 11th is deemed the most popular break-up date of the entire year. If your relationship has been trending in a downwards spiral for some time, the data suggests it may very well not survive the month of December.
So, why December of all months? As the holidays get closer, the stress of buying gifts for loved ones, and spending copious amount of money weighs heavily on most people. In times where there’s an uptick in stress, people have shorter fuses and are prone to more arguments and emotional behavioral responses; especially this year during the COVID-19 Pandemic, where most Americans are struggling financially with little relief in sight due to the lack of a second Congressional Stimulus Relief Bill.
There is also a large amount of pressure in finding the perfect gifts for your significant other. Holiday gifts are often expected to have some sort of intimate meaning, for a substantial price. In some cases, searching for these types of gifts leads to a moment of clarity, where one person no longer feels the desire to spend a large amount on their partner, simply because they realize the love just isn’t there.
A different way to look at December (when it comes to relationships) is it being a “test month” for couples. How much do you truly love your significant other? What are you both willing to do to make your holiday together special and memorable? Yes money plays a large role, but it’s always deeper than that in my opinion. If you truly love someone, you’ll find a way to do whatever it takes to make them happy. Whether it’s buying them expensive gifts or being romantic on a budget, there are plenty of ways to express your love for your partner without having to break the bank.
If you are not looking forward to buying your partner gifts this holiday season or seeing their face light up with joy as they unwrap them, then maybe that’s a sign that you aren’t meant for each other; hence why December is truly the “grim reaper” month for relationships.
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