Turns Out Most Of Us Still Think About 'The One That Got Away'

The heart DOES NOT know what it wants.

No matter who we eventually end up with all of us have that one special romantic love that, as the fates would have it, got away.

Whether you broke up with them or they broke up with you –- it doesn’t matter. The impact these historical heartbreaks have on our future love life can’t be underestimated. They’re kind of like our emotional yardstick -- you will always judge everyone else against them.

If you’re feeling pangs of sentimentally don’t worry, you’re not alone.

A new survey from Superdrug Online Doctor found that 70 percent of people still think about ‘the one that got away’.

The statistics also showed that nearly 50 percent of women would still jump into bed with the OTGA (if there were no consequences) – while over 65 percent of blokes would do the same.

Now, those confessions might be more rooted in reality than we may realise, because 43 percent of people admitted they’re still in touch with the OTGA.

OK, so if we’re still thinking about them, and still willing to do the doona dance with them, then why on earth did the relationship break down in the first place?

Well, the survey also looked at the main reasons our love affair with the OTGA didn’t work out.

Trust Issues

Interestingly, 28 percent of people who broke up with the OTGA cited trust issues as their reason for ending the relationship – even though many also admitted to still thinking about that person as time went on.


Well, they do say that communication is the foundation for all good relationships. Not only was this the second most common reason why people broke up with their OTGA, it was the number one reason over all (including those who have been dumped) for a relationship breakdown.

A couple sitting in bed and looking upset after having a disagreement, Source: Getty

We guess this also plays a little into the trust issue element – which makes its high inclusion unsurprising.


Look, everyone fights in a relationship and if they say they don’t they’re lying. But there’s a different between having an all-out rage fest that gets resolved and a misunderstanding that sits and festers. You know, those arguments you just can't let go of. Again, this plays into communication and ensuring you and your partner work at talking things through.

Lost Interest

That spark is well and truly GOOONE. Ultimately, there isn’t really a great deal you can do to prevent this – relationships evolve and so do our feelings. What’s curious, however, is that people who claimed to have broken up with someone because they lost interest in them still admitted to thinking about them years later.

Urgh. Make up your damn minds already.

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