Reveals the Ups & Downs of Dating Behavior of 2012


The dating world has proven to be a whirlwind for singles this year – for celebrities and everyday people alike! We at compiled the most compelling trends and statistics tied to the biggest highs and lows of relationships this year. For starters, 64% of singles reported that their top New Year’s resolution will be to find new love in 2013 and nearly 1/3 of younger singles reported they’ve reconnected with the same ex over three times – Bieber and Gomez are on track to beat the odds!

So what’s causing couples to split — celebrities and everyday people alike — and how are they adjusting to singlehood post-separation? Using findings from our 2012 “Singles In America” study, we found the top reasons singles are splitting and just how they recover. Check out our findings on singles’ dating behaviors below!

Top relationship deal-breakers listed by women:

  • Cheating (20%)
  • Romantic attraction fizzled out (11%)
  • Alcohol or drug use (9%)

Top relationship deal-breakers listed by men:

  • Cheating (15%)
  • Romantic attraction fizzled out (14%)
  • Incompatible habits (11%)

How Singles Recover:

  • Talking to friends/family is the most popular move post-breakup for both men and women (41%).
  • Men are more likely to immediately drown their sorrows by going out for a drink (24%) or immersing themselves in hobbies (20%).
  • Women are more likely to mourn their breakup by comforting themselves with food (22%) or by holing up at home on the couch and watching TV (22%).

Recovery by the Ages:

  • 20s: Singles in their 20s are most likely to work out (20%), talk to their friends (56%), and go out for a drink (32%).
  • 30sKatie Holmes’ recent focus on her career is not unusual after a breakup at all, as the study found singles in their 30s are most likely to immerse themselves in work (25%) after a split.
  • 40s and 50s: Singles in this age range are less likely to seek the gym for solace (7%), and instead prefer to call friends/family(39%) or escape their troubles by watching TV (20%).

Recovery Time:

  • 37% of men take no more than a month to get over a breakup (55% bounce back in three months or less).
  • 32% of women take a year or more to recover, with 1/5 of respondents reporting that it took them more than two years to move o.
  • Singles in their 20s take less time to get over a breakup, with 62% reporting it took them less than three months to move on
  • Singles in their 50s and 60s lament longer after a relationship ends, with 30% of those surveyed taking over a year to rebound.

Can We Still Be Friends?

  • Men are more likely to remain friends post-breakup (28%).
  • Women are more likely to cut off all communication (41%) with their ex-partner.
  • Singles in their 60s are most likely to remain friends with an ex.
  • Younger singles prefer limited communication via email and phone post-breakup.

Bouncing Back:

  • 50% of women and 43% of men have reconciled with an ex-partner.
  • Younger singles are more likely to get back with an ex than older singles, with 27% of respondents in their 20s reporting going through the breakup/make up cycle with the same ex over three times (9.3% have reconciled over five times with the same ex!).

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