Men vs. women: how long will it take you to break up?
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Dithering men need one month to summon-up the courage to break-up with their girlfriends, whereas women require just six DAYS to do the deed, according to new research. From the moment they start to feel unhappy, it takes most blokes a whopping 30 days to bring a relationship to an end. Two-thirds of this time is spent “agonising” over the decision – often with friends, and usually always in a pub - and plotting the most tactful method of delivery. The remainder is spent “building-up the nerve” to actually do it, a dating poll by new online break-up hub SheLeft.me reveals. Women, on the other hand, are considerably more decisive. By and large, they are able to ditch their fellas – and go from “unhappy to untroubled” - in a fraction of the time. The fairer sex is not more heartless but it possesses more “get up and go” and emotional honesty to make a snap decision, respondents said. They are also more sensitive to their partner’s feelings, and believe a “short sharp shock” is less painful than a long, drawn-out separation. Unlike men – who mostly “wouldn’t dream” of breaking up on or near to Valentine’s Day – a little over half of women agreed that they would “dump a doof at any time of year” if they felt they had to. Munir Bello, founder of SheLeft.me, a tongue-in-cheek website for lovelorn “blokes and birds”, said: “It could be that men are generally less proactive than women, and that they lack the confidence to put a break-up plan – painless or otherwise – into action. “Or it could be that men are born romantics who want nothing more than to stay with their sweethearts forever. Either way, women appear to be more adept at going from unhappy to untroubled in relationship terms.” In a straw poll, they were asked how they would theoretically react if their current relationship “went sour”, or if either party fell “out of love or lust”.
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