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Single during the holidays? No, thanks.

12/14/2017

The new year is getting closer and along with all the festivities many of us are setting New Year’s resolutions. Another year, another occasion for us to dig into our statistics. What did we find? Women want to lose weight more often, but abandon their good intentions faster. No less than 8 out of 10 Belgians are not looking forward to the holidays and the compulsory family gatherings. Whereas 44% of men attach most importance to the company of their partner, 59% of women prefer the company of their relatives.

8 out of 10 Belgians are not looking forward to the holidays
Christmas parties are not all fun and games. Our survey conducted among 2,000 of our Belgian members shows that no less than 8 out of 10 Belgians are not looking forward to the obligatory Christmas and New Year’s parties. The main reason? The lack of a plus one. Almost half of the Belgians do not like to go to a family gathering on their own – especially when the others consist of happy couples.

All I want for Christmas is you
It’s mainly the men who mind being single during this time of year. 51% of men dread going to a dinner party among couples in love, compared to 43% of women. What’s more, men (44%) attach most importance to the company of their partner during the holidays, while women (59%) prefer the company of their relatives. A partner who’s keeping them company during the cold winter days is something Belgian men seem to find very important.

New year, new me
Time for a brand new set of New Year’s resolutions. Although slightly more women (42% vs. 40%) set New Year’s resolutions, men are better at sticking to their promises longer (48% vs. 41%). So, what is it that we would like to improve in 2018? More than half of all Belgians want to commit to a healthier lifestyle. Overall, more women want to lose weight in 2018 (32.7% vs. 21.1% of men) while men want to take more exercise (31.4% vs. 27.8% of women).