Let's face it: there's nothing pleasant about breaking up — which is why so many of us resist a clean break, opting instead to let our exes linger in our lives long after the relatioship is over. Exes don't just leave imprints on hearts; they also leave footprints in every corner of our digital worlds, from cell phones to social media.
From January 9 - 29, 2013, we used SurveyMonkey to poll 716 YourTango readers about their breakup patterns. The results reveal that a large portion of you — 67% — think about your ex way too much (and that includes 46% of our married readers!). And a lot of you find it hard to let go. More than half of the readers confessed to keeping their former partners' numbers in their cell phones, and almost half have stayed friends with their exes on Facebook (though that number has dropped since we polled readers last year). No wonder it's so hard to move on!
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"In 2011, we learned that a lot of people had ex-attachments, so we launched Break Up With Your Ex to help," says Andrea Miller, YourTango CEO & Founder, of this year's two-week campaign. "Two years later, our new research reveals people need help more than ever." And it's not just digital connections that keep us tethered to our past; about 40% of respondents tend to date the same (and wrong) type of person repeatedly. So this year, we're also encouraging people to 'forget their type' and try something new.
On board? Great! This year, Break Up With Your Ex starts February 1 and runs through February 13 — our official Break Up With Your Ex Day! Besides coming back for insightful content each day, here are a few other ways to get involved with BUWYE:
Follow us on Twitter: We'll be Tweeting daily tips, quotes and advice about breaking up the healthy way, and on February 1, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EST, we're hosting a Twitter party! Join in on the chat by following the hashtag #breakupwithyourex.
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Follow us on Facebook: You'll love our daily links to some of our most popular Break Up With Your Ex stories — and on February 13th, Break Up With Your Ex Day, join in as the YourTango editors take over our Facebook page and exchange personal anecdotes about breakups and moving on.
Enter our Break Up With Your Ex contest! You could win amazing prizes from Astroglide. It's simple: just let us know, in 10 words or fewer, your best method for getting over "ex sex." We're giving away three prize packs, including a grand prize worth $100!