1 in 3 singles have been in a loveless relationship
Of the 500 Australians polled, results found;
- 32% of singles have been in a perfectly functional yet loveless relationship; 52% of these loveless relationships lasted for more than 5 years
- 21% of singles believe that a relationship can work without love
- 41% of singles consider an ex to be the love of their life
Top 5 reasons singles stay in a loveless relationship
Thirty-two percent of singles admitted to having spent time in a loveless relationship. Of these, 11% lasted 1-2 years, 15% lasted 2-5 years, and a staggering 52% lasted more than five years.
It seems some singles don’t necessarily see loveless relationships as dysfunctional; 21% of singles believe that a relationship can work without either partner loving the other, and 17% would prefer to be in a loveless relationship than alone.
The top five reasons for remaining in a loveless relationship were:
- For the kids, 40%
- Fear of being alone, 23%
- Out of laziness, 16%
- Financial reasons, 15%
- Fear of what people will think, 3%
Only 2% of participants indicated sex or intimacy as a reason to stay together.
Singles despair: 2 in 5 believe the love of their life has come and gone
Sadly, forty-one percent of singles consider an ex to be the love of their life. But despite the heartbreak, singles appear to remain upbeat; 77% of singles believe love is more likely to increase than decrease over time, and 83% of singles would rather be alone than in a loveless relationship.
Unrequited feelings: better to love or be loved?
In the case of an imbalanced relationship (where one person in the partnership is still in love, but the other is not) singles were asked which they would prefer; to love or be loved. A surprisingly large percentage of singles indicated they would be willing to suffer unrequited love – 39% said they would prefer to love than be loved.