Study: It's harder leading a single life around Christmas

Only 27% of respondents said it was their family that put the pressure on.
Only 27% of respondents said it was their family that put the pressure on. iStock

IT MAY be the festive season but some find it more difficult to be single during this time of the year.

More than half (53%) of single people surveyed by said they put more pressure on themselves about their relationship status at this time of year.

Only 27% of respondents said it was their family that put the pressure on.

RSVP Relationship Expert and Psychologist, John Aiken, said there was an assumption that it is the parents, siblings, aunts and uncles that put the pressure on singles at Christmas time.

"But it's actually singles themselves that are the source," he said.

"Although singles relish their independence, the key complaint about being unattached is not having that someone special with whom to share experiences.

"With so many hallmark occasions around Christmas and the New Year, this feeling can be heightened and it causes many singles to put a lot of inward focus on their relationship status."

Who puts the most pressure on singles?

This poll ended on 18 December 2013.

Current Results





Extended family






This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

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