Short days, miserable weather and a lack of cash.
It’s no wonder January is the worst month for couples.
The average couple’s arguing rises to 8 minutes a day during the month – and two thirds have broken up with their significant other at the start of the year. Wonderful right?!
The January blues means people spend 15 hours a day at home – causing ‘cabin fever’.
If they are strong enough to stick at it, couples will waste four hours in the month fighting – but for some the idea of the tough month was so bad they broke up as part of a New Years resolution.
Behavioral Psychologist Donna Dawson said: “Cabin Fever is a real phenomenon that takes place during the dark winter months, particularly January. The lack of sunlight can make us feel lethargic and depressed, and the lack of exercise and the fact that we are cooped up in a stuffy, centrally-heated house can make us feel edgy, irritable and stressed. Add boredom to the mix, alongside any financial issues and too much empty time with our partners, and you have the perfect recipe for arguments and consequent break-ups.”
The study of over 1,000, by Sheila Wheels’ home insurance found that long hours at home result in 20 arguments with their other halves during the month.
Compared those stats with the summer months when people spend ten hours and five minutes at home and couples have just 16 arguments.
Over two thirds blamed the weather for wanting to spend more time indoors, while 65% said it was the lack of daylight. The other third said they were tightening their belts after Christmas.
As a result, nearly half of those questioned cut down on social time spent with friends in January, while a third also claimed they neglect their family.
The January blues struck 38% with the under 25 age group being the worst hit at 48 per cent, saying January was the most depressing month of the year.
After they dragged themselves from under the covers, with 59% saying January was the most difficult month to get out of bed, 38% started and finished work in the dark.
But one in five confessed to giving up all together and pulling a ‘sickie’.
Because of the dark times 65% have ended a relationship in January and 7% even confessed that they had broken up with someone as part of a New Year’s resolution.
Jacky Brown at Sheilas Wheels’ home insurance said: “The miserable weather, dark nights and lack of cash means we’re spending more time at home during January and this can put a strain on our relationships.
Getting regular exercise, arranging to see friends and family and taking up a new hobby can all help to keep spirits high during January.” (Guess I Might have to rethink my New Years Resolution of NOT stepping foot in a gym…)
People spend the most amount of time arguing with their partners in January at 24 arguments, averaging 13 minutes each day compared to those in the North East who spend just two minutes arguing each day.
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