Valentine’s Day 2022: Two-thirds still hold items their ex gave them

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Valentine’s Day 2022: Two-thirds still hold items their ex gave them


Lehi, Utah — Ex-boyfriends and ex-girlfriends can be a touchy subject for many, but that doesn’t stop most Americans from grabbing gifts from old lovers. A new survey has found that two-thirds of people still have items from a previous relationship – even if they are now married!

The poll of 1,000 people, commissioned by and conducted by Pollfish, found that 65 percent of Americans still own things that belonged to or were gifts from their exes. The most common souvenirs people say they still keep are love letters (50%), photos (46%) and jewelry (43%). More than four in 10 admit they have gained more than one from a past relationship.

Americans, on the other hand, are less likely to rely on their ex’s gym equipment (16%) and furniture (20%). Sadly, only 18% said they had a pet from a previous relationship.

So why don’t people move on and start over after a breakup? The survey found that 44% of people keep these items because they carry fond memories, while 30% believe these items define a particular chapter in their lives. Another 38% have a more practical explanation for keeping something from their ex – it’s still usable or has a purpose! Would you throw away your TV because your ex gave it to you?

One in four Americans admit they’re hiding something from their ex because they still miss them.

What else do you have with your ex? !

While love letters and old photos may be sweet memories in retrospect, some Americans admit they still have strange reminders of old loves. The list includes sex toys, small glasses, tattoos (hard to get rid of), and even their ex’s hair or nails!

This could lead to some awkward conversations, as more than six in 10 respondents said they were now in a new relationship – and a third were married. For those in a new relationship, 66% said their current partner knew they still had items from their ex. While nearly two-thirds said they wouldn’t hide the fact that they kept their ex’s gifts, 37 percent admitted they deliberately tried to hide their ex’s old stuff from their new lover.

Overall, nearly half of those polled keep these items for more than five years after the relationship ends, although 78 percent said they would throw them away “one day.”

Who says men don’t have feelings?

Men, it turns out, are more likely to keep their ex’s memorabilia. Two-thirds of men (68%) said they still own items from their ex, compared to 62% of women. Overall, more men keep various gifts and belongings from their ex-girlfriends, with 54% keeping love letters, 48% clothes and 23% gym equipment.

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Interestingly, however, women were more likely than men to keep a relationship memento longerโ€”50 percent of them kept the item for five years. Only 32% of men keep an item for that long.

Americans, too, acknowledge that maintaining a relationship relic with an ex can generate a series of conflicting emotions. While 35% of men and 15% of women said an old item made them miss their ex, 50% of men and 27% of women actually said the item made them have painful memories of an old relationship.

With this in mind, 23% of men and 10% of women plan to one day return these items to their former flames. Until then, men were twice as likely to hide these memorabilia from their current lover (47% vs. 27%).

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