Make sure to hold on to the receipts for those expensive Valentine’s Day gifts because on 9th February, there’s a good chance you’re getting dumped. That’s according to IllicitEncounters.com, the UK’s leading dating website for married people, who have dubbed 9th February as Red Tuesday, the top dumping day of the year.
IllicitEncounters.com surveyed over 2000 of their members, with 27% admitting to have broken up with someone in the week leading up to Valentine’s Day. Why so close to Valentine’s Day? Spokesperson for IllicitEncounters.com, Christian Grant, explains:
“You’re on the cusp of what is generally considered to be one of the most romantic and important days for any relationship, and then you realise that you don’t love your partner as much as they love you, so to save yourself the embarrassment or shame of having to declare your love to someone you don’t really care for, what do you do? You take the lesser of two evils and dump them.”
IllicitEncounters.com’s survey also found the ways in which people have previously dumped their partners on Red Tuesday, with the majority (26%) choosing to break the news by text. 24% braved a face-to-face conversation with their now ex-partner, with 22% dumping their partner by phone.
Interestingly, the number of people who dumped their partner via instant messaging services such as WhatsApp, and social media networks like Facebook and Twitter, increased from last year, with 13% choosing to break up over Facebook, 10% over WhatsApp, and 7% breaking the news to their partner in a lowly 140 characters on Twitter. Ouch.
Grant explains: It’s not an easy thing to do [breaking up with someone] especially given the timing, so many people opt for the easiest option available, which is evidently anything that avoids face-to-face contact.”
Interestingly, IllicitEncounters.com has reported a record number of members signing up to the site in the lead up to Valentine’s Day.
“It’s not the first time that this has happened,” explains Grant. “For the thousands of people who break up, there are many who choose not to do so. Whether that’s out of fear, or whether they’ve already paid out on an expensive weekend away in Paris, they simply grit and bear it… but that never lasts for too long.
No one is going to sit around do nothing if they’re in an unhappy relationship, and sites like IllicitEncounters.com are evidently a popular alternative for those who don’t dump their partner this Red Tuesday.”
NOTES TO EDITOR
IllicitEncounters.com is the UK’s leading and longest running dating site for married people. With over 1,000,000 members across the UK, you’re sure to find your perfect match.
Established in 2003, we have been providing a meeting place for like-minded married and attached people for nearly 10 years. Our members have one thing in common – they are all looking for a little romance outside their current relationship. Whether that’s the occasional bit of flirtatious chat, a regular coffee date, or a full-blown affair, that’s up to them.
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