Co-discoverer of DNA, James Watson, announced that compared with, for example, Latino men, Englishmen make lousy lovers, apparently because we're not exposed to enough sunshine, a situation exacerbated by shorter days during break-up season.The guilty party is the pineal gland (you can't miss it – it's just underneath your stria medullaris).Buy her something cheap and tacky, she'll think you don't care." Getting into his stride, Brierley adds: "At Christmas, you're usually forced to meet each other's family.
Then there's Valentine's Day when you're supposed to act romantic.
Basically, in one short season you're effectively experiencing a year's worth of relationship, so the chances of getting something wrong are high.
"They often blame their partners for unhappiness and lack of fulfilment.
Changing them means they can change their lives." But it's not all psychological.
First Sight Date is a speed dating organization based in Istanbul organized by Yasemen Aydın, a self-described "entrepreneur, technology geek and dog lover," who lived in the States for a good decade.
"I went to many speed dating events to meet with locals and have a fun night.
Therefore if we're single around this time, we instinctively look for someone – anyone – to cheer us up, even for the short-term." In other words, we make do with what's immediately to hand.
But, as anyone who's tried making a meal from the contents of a neglected fridge knows, what's immediately to hand isn't necessarily very palatable. "Add Christmas and New Year to the mix – a time which is a complete distortion of real, everyday life – and that's a recipe for total failure.
As the internet plays an ever greater part in our social lives, with sites such as Facebook helping us to keep in touch with our friends, it's inevitable that we also use it to help us run our love lives as well.