Tuesday, March 11, 2014
That's right, it's Peak Break Up Season, that dubious smattering of weeks just before the holidays when people are most likely to cut and run, holiday style. This phenomenon has become so well known that it's also earned the moniker, the "Turkey Dump."
Just what you wanted to know, right? Holiday break ups are tough, but at least if you're going through one you can take some comfort in knowing that you're not alone. According to a "Peak Break-Up Times" chart created by David McCandless and Lee Byron, we are entering the year's second highest break-up time, second only to spring break.
The chart was first posted on David McCandless' Information is Beautiful website, and has since spread like wildfire. McCandless and Byron searched for the frequency of "break up" and "broken up" in Facebook statuses, and also set up a program that logged the dates of changes in relationship status onto a calendar. And, this chart was done in 2008. Who knew?
However, it isn't just McCandless and Byron who are talking about the frequency of holiday break ups. It's becoming a well-known fact that couples are more likely to pull the plug on their relationship in the stretch between late November and early January, experts say.
"Something about the season makes people take stock of their life, particularly their romantic situation, says Kimberly Moffit, a Toronto therapist and relationships expert."
"There's added pressure on the relationship," says Moffit, adding that her business always booms around this time of year.
While it's hard to find any academic research on the phenomenon, there's no lack of anecdotal evidence.
Online dating sites are full of jilted lovers looking for comfort or advice on how to recover from a breakup during what's ostensibly one of the most cheerful times of the year. Huffington Post
The good news here is for people like me. The desperately single. For all of us, the market is about to get a lot meatier. So, look sharp. The man or woman of your dreams may suddenly become available.
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Rob works as a digital marketing & public relations consultant to agencies, brands, and individuals. He has 20 years of marketing experience. He also currently serves in a volunteer capacity as director of pr/communications for TEDxDirigo. From 2005-2011, Rob served as director of social media & agency communications at The VIA Agency (Portland). Prior to VIA, Rob worked with several PR & advertising agencies in London & Boston. He is a graduate of The University of Vermont (UVM) and a Maine transplant (2002).
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