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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Making a break for it: splitting up habits of Irish couples revealed

Freya Drohan

Published 15/07/2014 | 16:20

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A new survey has investigated how Irish couples part ways - and it's far from pretty.

The survey, conducted by 'Electric Ireland', has found that 21pc of us have ended a relationship via text message or email.

Interestingly, Irish men are twice as likely as Irish women to intentionally misbehave in order to encourage a break up.

According to the survey, April is one of the most popular months for couples to call it quits, while October is the quietest month for break ups.

Separately, one of the problems that faces modern couples is how to deal with a former flame on social media sites.

One in three have defriended an ex on Facebook, three in ten have unfollowed an ex on Twitter and more than half of respondents immediately updated their relationship status following a split.

It seems online dating is not so much of a threat to relationships, with only 5pc of those surveyed having broken up with their significant other when they found them on online dating sites.

On a more positive note, up to 70pc of people believed it is possible to stay friends with an ex, with men being more optimistic.

Electric Ireland did the survey to coincide with their 'Breaking Up With Bills' campaign.

Their results show that more than 50pc of Irish customers have now moved to electronic billing, and close to 40pc have moved to pay as you go phone credit.

*This research was carried out as part of a campaign to highlight the option for customers to move from traditional electricity post pay billing to a new Pay As You Go option

Irish Independent

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