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January 28, 2014

January: An Unlucky Month for Love?


Apparently the merry holiday spirit of December is followed by a not so merry time. According to a study done by, January is the most popular month for breakups.  Who would’ve thought? With New Year’s Eve and fast-approaching Valentine’s Day, January seems like it would be a great for love, but apparently it’s quite the unlucky month.

It looks like stress related to the Christmas season and the desire for a fresh start in the new year are the leading causes of January breakups. It makes sense: Many people use January to clean their slate and cutting the ties on a failing relationship would most certainly fit into that category.

The study originally set out to find how relationships affect a person’s finances, but through the questioning process they were able to uncover this fact about January breakups. Of the 1,881 men and women questioned, 21% of respondents said their most recent breakup occurred in January, followed by 12% in December and 11% in March.

62% of respondents noted that the time of the year played a big factor in the demise of the relationship. What were the top 5 reasons for this? As mentioned above, Christmas stress played the biggest part, followed by wanting a fresh start for the new year, financial problems, depressing weather and pressure from families members to end the relationship.

Have you ever been through a breakup in January because of these popular reasons? We all know the holidays can add a bit of stress to our lives, but has it ever come to the point where it completely struck a relationship dead in its tracks?

If you find yourself questioning your relationship these last few days of January, keep these things in mind:

Keep Communicating

If you feel like your relationship is missing something or that your partner isn’t putting in 100%, make sure your thoughts are heard. If your partner doesn’t know anything is wrong, how are they supposed to fix the issue?

Listen to Yourself

If communicating your feelings doesn’t work, you need to follow your heart. If you don’t think the relationship is worth salvaging, put an end to it. Don’t ever string someone along to avoid hurt feelings or to avoid being alone. If you want that fresh start, don’t waste anymore of your or your partner’s time.

You Have a Whole 11 Months Left to Find Someone

Maybe you’ll be losing a special someone in January, but there are 11 other months left for you to find your perfect match. Don’t let January’s breakup bring you down. You’ve got the whole year ahead of you!


About the Author

Elisa Freese
Elisa Freese is a lifelong New Yorker with a Bachelor’s degree from SUNY New Paltz and a Master’s degree from New York University. She has always had a love for writing and now that school and homework are finally done forever, Elisa is going back to writing on a regular basis. In addition to writing, Elisa loves anything that has to do with traveling, shopping, social media and TV/movies. With her experiences, as well as the experiences of her friends and family, Elisa hopes to shed some light on the ins and outs of dating to the readers of Nouveau Dating.

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