by Cate Wells

As another year comes to an end, we’ve been thinking a lot about time.  Whether you use a traditional kitchen timer or a fancy iphone app, it’s easy to tell when an egg is hard-boiled, pasta is al dente, and the brownies are ready.   But relationships are a little more unpredictable than the science of cooking. How long does it take to get over an ex-boyfriend?  It can be hard to tell—if we could make an app for that, we would be rich!  Some of the many factors involved are the intensity of the relationship, how long you were together, and how intertwined your lives were (same friends, living situation, etc.). Get a move on your moving on with some of our tasty Breakup Cookbook recipes to cook up your confidence.

If only gazing into the future was as easy as simple math, here are just some of the funny formulas we’ve seen to figure how long it will take before you are ready to move on:

  • Half as long as you were together
  • One week for every month
  • And courtesy of the always helpful WikiAnswers:

(# of days you were dating / 3) + (# times you made out) + (# times you had sex * 10)
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(# of people he cheated on you with)

How long do you think it takes to get over someone?