A significant other’s birthday is common, and can be bad for a relationship
When you’re in a relationship there are a lot of milestones you have to remember, like when you went on your first date, your first kiss, and your anniversary. Of course another important date to remember is your partner’s birthday, and apparently a lot of people are failing at that one.
A new survey by OnePoll and Evite finds that 35% of people have forgotten their partner’s birthday, with men twice as likely to be the forgetful one (52% vs. 24%). And we’re not just talking people who just started dating. In fact, 90% of those people were in serious relationships when they forgot. And you’d think once they did it they’d never do it again, but you’d be wrong. Partners are actually likely to forget their significant other’s birthday four times throughout their time together.
And forgetting a birthday isn’t just something to laugh off. The poll finds that 20% of folks were unable to recover from the mistake and plan something last minute, with 20% of couples having a fight over a forgotten birthday, and 12% actually breaking up.
- So, why exactly is it such a big deal? Well, it could be because 28% of people expect something big from their partner on their birthday. And then there are the 36% of people who said they didn’t want anything, but actually expected something.
Source: SWNS Digital