In the wake of Brexit, online dating wizards eHarmony discovered that 1.6 million Britons broke up because of it. So, how safe is your relationship from politics?
The image of Jacob Rees-Mogg lazily giving exactly zero amount of figs as the Tories rebel against Boris to stop a ‘no-deal’ Brexit (and potentially push the nation into an October election) has split the nation and divided opinion. In the words of actor Hugh Laurie, “Jacob Rees-Mogg lolling horizontally on the front bench during tonight’s emergency debate is as insolent and insufferable as anything I’ve seen.”
Add in the increasingly personal and increasingly public nature of the political process as our pollies seek to fob off their responsibilities and not deal with things that are in the ‘too hard’ basket – I’m looking at you, plebiscite – and you can see just why it is that no one ever seems to shut the proverbial truck up about politics.
Maybe you’re not being all that irrational when you think your partner’s adoration of Howard’s eyebrows may just be enough to pull the plug.
But are political differences enough to press the kill switch on a budding relationship?
If you’ve just survived the Brexit vote, you might be inclined to say yes.
Using data from eHarmony, research firm ICM found that Brexit-based disagreements led to the end of the relationships of an eye-watering 1.6 million people.
Opposing political views led to nearly 2.7 million people throughout the UK ending a relationship in the last year, with 1.6 million specifically mentioning Brexit as a ‘major factor’ in splitting.
With numbers like that, you’d think even mentioning the ‘B’ word on your dating profile would be romantic suicide, right?
Well, perplexingly, profiles that mentioned Brexit – either positively or negatively – received up to 90 per cent more messages than the average member.
This saw women receive an 84 per cent increase in their inbox filling, and men boosting by 90 per cent.
Brexit wreaking havoc on kindred spirits is not an online-only phenomenon, either. A study by charity group Relate found that a fifth of the 300 relationship counsellors they had spoken to work with clients who argued over Brexit last year.
So, maybe you’re not being all that irrational when you think your partner’s adoration of Howard’s eyebrows may just be enough to pull the plug, or that the One Nation newsletters in the mail may be a sign to get out while the going’s still good.
Or you could always just try to get your beloved to play for your home team; a bit of branch stacking never hurt anyone.