PUBLIC OPINION > Don't Get Back With Your Ex
Living 2012/03/05 14:00:00
This recap doesn't need much of an introduction. The question has been around as long as dating: When you break up with someone, is it ever a good idea to get back together? There's no better way to answer that question than to consult the cumulative wisdom of public opinion. We asked the age-old question, and here's what we found.
The evidence is overwhelming. If you have a chance to get back with your ex, the odds are against you. Public opinion warns against it. The Top Opinion put it this way: "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome. If it didn't work the first time it won't work." However, it's important to note that a few of the respondents who said it's worth a shot actually had positive experiences getting back together with their ex. Not many, but a few. For the most part, bad idea...
Men and Women Agree
Just to cover all the bases, we should point out that neither sex had good things to say about getting back with your ex. There was a chance one or the other might have expressed enough hope to merit a different strategy, but guys and gals agree it's bad news.
Age Warns Against It
With age comes wisdom, and the oldest voters were most against it, confirming the reliability of overall result. Hope for a successful reunion slowly increased from the teens up until about the mid-40s, but just a little. It plummeted to pre-teen levels right after that.
Grad Students Say Go for It
Interestingly enough, respondents who were enrolled in graduate or professional school thought it was worth a shot. That's not to say it's suddenly a good idea, but it is worth noting. It could just be the good old spirit of experimentation.
If you'd like to vote on this question, dig deeper into the demographics, or engage in existing discussion about the topic, visit our original poll about getting back with your ex. We'd love to hear from you!
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