Fickletattoos.com, the temporary tattoo company, looked into the most fickle reasons for ending a relationship by both men and women. It would appear that people are becoming more inventive with their reasons for breaking up with someone and the classic ‘it’s not you, it’s me’ line is not cutting the mustard anymore.
All of the participants had ended their relationship within the last two years and the most unusual ones were selected for a top ten list!
According to the results, ten of the most unusual or ‘fickle’ reasons for dumping somebody, as admitted by men taking part in the study, were as follows:
- 'She had too many sex toys, which was a bit intimidating to be honest.'
- 'She repeatedly ignored requests to leave the toilet lid up, which affected my ease of use.'
- 'Her Nan kept giving me the eye, and it creeped me out.'
- 'I faced the embarrassment of playing in a dirty kit when it wasn't washed in time for the weekend.'
- 'My mates told me she was ugly all the time and I couldn't take the banter.'
- 'My girlfriend claimed to be a fan of Dostoyevsky but she couldn't name Raskolnikov's sister in Crime and Punishment so I felt she was a fraud.'
- 'She told me she'd seen Blink 182 in Hull, but they haven't even played there so if she lies about that, I don't think she's trustworthy.'
- 'I couldn't take her beating me on the Xbox all the time and I finally lost it.'
- 'Her cooking isn't as good as my mum's and I didn’t think it was going to improve.'
10. 'My girlfriend refused to pick me up after a night out so I had to pay £15 for a taxi, which was a complete waste of money.'
In contrast, the top ten most unusual reasons for dumping their partner as stipulated by women taking part were as follows:
- 'The way he pronounced certain words really wound me up'.
- 'He wore an aftershave that I hated so I finished with him.'
- 'He never flushed the loo so he had to go.'
- 'He didn't cut his finger nails often enough which made me feel physically ill.'
- 'His constant heavy breathing just got too annoying'.
- 'I really couldn't stand his choice of daily paper, which went against all my political views.'
- 'He was too close to his mother, which I found odd.'
- 'He preferred Coronation Street, but I'm an Eastenders fan and it led to friction between us.'
- 'He was too clean for my liking and had to shower up to twice a day.'
- 'My boyfriend refused to put the heating on when it was cold, instead telling me to wear a jumper, which was just tight.'
The study also wanted to find out whether the respondents had always been truthful in ending their relationship. 61% said that they were not honest in their reasons, however only 21% said that they had been completely open about their motivations for ending things.
David Wain-Heapy, founder of fickletattoos.com, made the following comment:
"The majority of people who have been in a relationship, unless they're lucky enough to have met 'the one' straight off, have probably faced the heartache of a breakup too. Whilst this is often down to a variety of factors and can be painful for both sides, it seems that some of us have more spurious reasons for breakups than others, proving the pretty fickle nature of the way we often approach relationships.”
"Some of the reasons uncovered by our poll were fickle to say the least. I'd like to think that the reasons are maybe the catalyst rather than the root cause; otherwise I may have to reassess my faith in human kind! In some of the instances cited, you have to think the partner probably had a lucky escape."