Cheerful Stat of the Day: 85 Percent of Relationships End in Breakups

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As we well know, most relationships die, and not in the gothically romantic “Death Do Us Part” way. More in the crash-and-burn and also burn-everything-they-left-at-your-place kinda way.

In a recent lecture, marriage expert Hellen Chen assigned a number to this inevitability when she asserted that 85 percent of relationships end in a break up. Seeing as only the elite few relationships end in marriage, and 50 percent of marriages end in divorce, this really can’t come as too much of a shock to anyone. Yet, still we trudge on, hoping the next one is the one that will do the trick.

And yet, the number seems really overwhelming when you think about it in terms of your dating history. According to a study done by the wizards at eHarmony, most people will (or should) date 12 people before getting married. This means that ten of those will either be giant duds or will break your heart. The concept of ten breakups per-person makes me sincerely fear for our nation’s Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia supply.

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