PUBLIC OPINION > Birthday Breakups Are Not OK
SodaHead Living 2012/03/29 20:45:00
Nobody likes to be dumped, and sometimes it just falls apart at the most inopportune time. But getting dumped on your birthday has got to be one of the cruelest ways to go. A writer for How About We recalled a time he actually did that -- not for any specific reason, per se, except that he couldn't stomach a family get-together with a smile. But we had to ask the public if breaking up on someone's birthday possibly be justified.
We didn't expect the results to be any different than they were, but we were very interesting in hearing the reasons behind the "Yes" votes, and to take a look at the demographic breakdown. As it turns out, there were some interesting finds, so let's start with the justifications. The most common of these can be summed up in a single word: Revenge. One commenter wrote, "If they cheat on you? YES. Break their heart whenever you want." Also, some of the positive responses were sarcastic. Like this one: "The opportunity to write that on a cake only happens once a year -- seize the moment!" Or this: "Well I never knew when their birthday was. Any day is fine."
Men Are More Likely
Fortunately, neither gender was anywhere near OK with a birthday breakup, but there was a margin. Men were 10% more likely to give the green light, about one in three, while women were closer to one in four. Actually, those are unsettling numbers when you look at it that way. One in three is kind of a lot.
Atheists Are More Willing
The most significant demographic margin we saw was in the religion category, between atheists and Christians. Atheists were almost twice as likely as Christians to condone birthday breakups. We don't want to drag principles into this, but that's not a stupendous reflection on athesits.
Now this is something we don't see often. Usually, conservatives and Christians vote similarly, while liberals and atheists vote similarly in the other direction. However, even with a large sample base in each demographic, this poll switched it up. Liberals sided with Christians in opposing birthday breakups, while conservatives sided with atheists in showing more support. In short, be wary of conservative atheist boyfriends on your birthday.
If you'd like to vote on this question, dig deeper into the demographics, or engage in existing discussion about the topic, visit our poll about birthday breakups. We'd love to hear from you!
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