Spring is the most popular time to end a relationship apparently, according to a 2010 study, I guess you need to make way for the summer of love. But are Kiwi break ups permanent? A new survey from premium dating site EliteSingles has revealed that a surprising amount of singles are willing to rekindle the sparks of an old flame.
Most people agree that if you’re in a bad relationship, you should mull it over and then cut it off after three months. However 13% believe you should hang on for a couple years! That’s crazy talk!
Breaking up is hard to do: 48% of Kiwis still have feelings for an ex
This spring, those regretting a rash romantic decision shouldn’t lose hope, for old flames yet can burn bright. Indeed, according to an EliteSingles study of 200 New Zealanders, a whopping 48% of singles still carry a torch for their ex-partners and would rekindle the romance if their ex asked nicely.
Baby come back: men more likely than women to regret dumping someone
But are there that many singles who regret dumping someone? According to the survey, yes! Nearly half the Kiwis surveyed have been subjected to a boomerang break up, with 46% reporting that they’ve encountered an ex-partner who dumped them, then begged for a second chance.
Additionally, 38% have been guilty of such behaviour themselves. It seems men are slightly more likely than women to experience dumper’s remorse: 43% of Kiwi men admitting to breaking up with someone and regretting it, compared with 35% of Kiwi women.
Lost that loving feeling: 13% would wait two years before ending a bad relationship
Common wisdom says that, to avoid such regret, you should stop and think before pressing the relationship destruct button. But how long should you wait? The majority of Kiwis (55%) say up to three months. However, 13% think you should mull it over for one to two years (or even longer!).
Finally, women are slightly more in favour of ending a relationship early: 56% would dump someone during the first three months of relationship unhappiness, compared with 54% of men. Meanwhile, men are more likely to want to hold on.