December 11: The day you're most likely to be broken up with

So much for the "silly season".
So much for the "silly season". Photo credit: Getty.

Christmas is often thought of as a time for couples - buying each other gifts, cuddling up in front of holiday movies, and for Aucklanders, strolling up Franklin Road and checking out the lights. 

But it can also be a time for heartbreak. 

If you're dreamily planning on kissing your partner under the mistletoe or at midnight on New Year's Eve, try not to dream too hard until after December 11, as statistics show that's the number one most likely day of the year you're going to be dumped.

According to data analysed from Facebook, more couples break up on December 11 than any other day. Of course, it's not the most scientific of studies: researchers studied relationship status updates on social media and pointed out the popular break-up date falls exactly two weeks before Christmas.

Reasons for breaking up will always vary greatly, but psychologists believe it may be down to the pressure of the holiday season, or people not wanting to spend Christmas day with someone they're not 100 percent on. 

For those thrifty souls, it may be a time where you realise your new partner isn't worth spending money on. 

Psychologist Dr Dorree Lynn told ABC News: "If you're not sure, particularly if you haven't been dating for several years, a lot of people have issues about gift-giving and how intimate the gift-giving is."

"They get frightened because they don't want to put pressure on the other person, but on the other hand they don't want to feel like a fool giving something and not getting anything back."

Similarly, research by Australian dating app RedHotPie showed that 71 percent of women and 56 percent of men would rather break up with their partner if they're "not that into them" than take them home to meet their family at Christmas.