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Sadly, it's officially 'National Breakup Season'

Tis the season for heartbreak, statistics say.

By Kristin Wong Jan 7, 2013 5:18PM

If taking down decorations and heading back to work aren't bad enough, there's something new to dread in January: heartbreak.

We didn't even know this was a thing, but according to the New York Post, the period from late December to Valentine's Day has come to be known as "National Breakup Season." And yes, we're in full swing.

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In 2010, a Yahoo dating survey analyzed the Facebook status updates of 10,000 users. The survey found a steady increase in breakups right after Thanksgiving, with a peak just before Christmas and a spike right before spring.

Dating site We Love Dates recently put together an interesting infographic that illustrated similar findings. The Heart Beat talked to a spokesperson from the site who offered an explanation of the phenomenon:

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"We decide what things we'd like to bring with us into the new year, and what things and people are better left in the past. It's the perfect time to establish a clean slate in regards to our love lives."
With a little over a month to go, is your love life in danger? In honor (or warning) of National Breakup Season, The Post put together a list of signs that you might be getting the relationship axe. Here are a few of the most noteworthy:
  1. No phone calls: Tamsen Fadal, author of "Why Hasn't He Called?" explained this warning sign to The Post: "The sweet little phone calls you used to have daily have been whittled down to short, quick calls that have to do with details." If your significant other is cutting back on the communication, it could be a breakup red flag.
  2. The change-up: Does your partner want you to be someone else? Is the feeling mutual? When both parties are trying to change the other, it could mean a breakup is on the horizon.
  3. What's wrong? What are you thinking about? What's wrong? Fadal explains that when you start asking questions like this, it could be your instincts kicking in. "If you hear yourself asking those questions, you need to quickly turn them inward and answer them for yourself."

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Jan 14, 2013 5:41PM
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Guys usually breakup with the girl before the holiday, so they don't have to buy her a present.  Been there.

Jan 14, 2013 5:30PM
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Why do women get so obcessed about the "boyfriend?"  Would be nice to hear a woman say "my different boyfriends" or my many partners or something.  Nonetheless, it's always the "boyfriend" or "fiancee" or the wedding or the many kids.
Jan 14, 2013 5:24PM
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this is so funny my girlfriend left last weekend so yes it is national breakup season

Jan 14, 2013 5:11PM
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Shack up and breakup..  It sure beats an expensive marriage and divorce and you can walk away with your wallet intact--in most cases
Jan 14, 2013 4:59PM
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And....MSN, this is news...more B.S. articles from MSN.
Jan 14, 2013 4:39PM
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Yes,, I am breaking up with my damn cat,, kicking her out the door.. and, I'm taking custody of all the little kits..  Of course I'm asking for catamoney and support.. I guess Ms cat will have to go on welfare..

 

I hope Obama has a welfare program in place for my ex.

Jan 14, 2013 4:12PM
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Of course you're breaking up. After the Holiday debacle, where you had a meltdown at Chrsitmas Eve dinner because your sister found a lump, and it was your boyfriend sitting on the couch? She was bragging...BRAGGING about her husband's new promotion and the timeshare in Vail. You don't have a husband...you don't have a timeshare. She sidled up next to you during the singing of "Good King Wenceslaus" and asked when you're getting married? How does 3 weeks from NEVER sound? Not with your boyfriend now, honey...he's a loser. No ambition, no drive and a huge disappointment in the sack...sex isn't everything, but Jesus, MUST you dress up repeatedly in a sasquatch outfit just to get him off? Face it, you used him for the Holidays to have someone...ANYONE...on your arm to make it look like you are not a complete failure in your relationships. Believe me, your family was on to your charade last year, when you showed up with a gay guy from a community theater group and insisted he wasn't really gay, but he had a lot of women in his family when he was growing up. I'd head down to the local Humane Society and adopt another kitten, because the chances of you marrying successfully are akin to "B.J. and the Bear" making a return to prime-time television. After seeing ABC's spring line-up, though, it's not THAT far out of the realm of possibilities.
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