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Broken Hearts Per Day


- there are 6 billion people.
- people average 5 broken hearts per lifetime due to a breakup.
- people worldwide live 60 years on average.

Then the number of broken hearts due to breakups per day is:

>> (6 * (10**9) * 5) / (60*365.25)
=> 1368925.39356605

That's 1.37 million broken hearts happening every day.

That is a lot of pain. :(

Perhaps there is a better way.

Elliot Temple on August 5, 2009

Comments (7)

Well, presumably there are about as many people falling in love, too.

Lee Kelly at 11:55 AM on August 6, 2009 | #1862
Yes. What's your point?

Elliot at 11:58 AM on August 6, 2009 | #1863
People also get broken hearts from discovering that the rock star they really wanted to see has cancelled his gig, or that the dream they'd always wanted to fulfil is not as good as they'd hoped.

Instead of focusing on the problems associated with getting emotionally attached to another person, shouldn't we be focusing on the problems associated with getting emotionally attached to anything at all?

Richard at 5:50 PM on August 6, 2009 | #1864
A better way of?

Anonymous at 3:01 AM on August 8, 2009 | #1865
A better way of life, or of approaching relationships, meaning one with less pain.

Elliot at 3:02 AM on August 8, 2009 | #1866
Pain helps one to dwell on what went wrong. Some choose partners and behaviors within relationships based on a good amount of reasoning. Those who don't just delay their reasoning until afterwards.

Also breakups have external costs, and personal pain is a natural deterrent for those who otherwise might selfishly impose those costs on others more frequently.

Steve Clay at 8:24 AM on November 6, 2009 | #1928
Do you mean pain is natural in the sense that it evolved for that purpose (i.e. the genes for the pain have knowledge about the logic of relationships), or do you mean it genetically evolved for some other reason and just, by pure chance, happens to be triggered in this regard, which happens to be a good thing?

Elliot at 10:48 AM on November 6, 2009 | #1929

What do you think?

(This is a free speech zone!)