Modern Day Break-Up

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It used to be that if you wanted to end a relationship and avoid that awkward confrontation, all you had to do was leave a message on said person’s answering machine, drop some snail mail, or leave a note taped to their dorm room door.  Nowadays, technology has made breaking up easier and more complicated all at once.  Email, social sites (Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace – is anyone still using MySpace?), and even YouTube are all being used as vehicles for romantic separation.

by joshwept

Here are few of my personal favorites:

-A friend of mine called in tears the other day to ask me if I noticed her BF had changed his relationship status on Facebook from “In a relationship” to “Single.” Can you say, “OUCH!”

-Who can forget the break ups of Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson, along with Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy.
Hey, that’s one way to get the word out quick, right?

Ok, dish, how have you broken up with someone or been broken up with via social media?

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23 Responses to Modern Day Break-Up

  1. Changed my relationship status to “in a relationship with Boyfriend A” to “in a relationship with Boyfriend B”. That seemed to work well. :-)

  2. Rebecca Lord says:

    Never done it but then again I have been married for almost 24 years and back then we didnt even know what the internet was LOL. Wow!!! I am old!!!

  3. sara says:

    nope, hasn’t happened yet :-) my bf isn’t on fb and luckily we are just shy of the generation that is doing that ;-)

  4. Claire says:

    I’ve never been broken up with or intend to break up with someone through social media. I think doing that is just the ultimate display of cowardliness. Have the bravery to tell someone whats up in person!

  5. Karen Rivera says:

    My ex boyfriend broke up with me in a text message that he sent from his new girlfriend’s cell phone.

  6. Daphne says:

    When I got married, no one even OWNED a computer, let alone a cell phone. So, modern technology/social media never played a role in any of my breakups. Since I’m such a NICE person, I never called off a relationship. The last breakup I DID experience through social media was via gossip: heard that my fiance had been out to visit a ranch with his ‘girlfriend’. Thank goodness for THAT; have been happily married almost 30 years since!

  7. Wesley says:

    I’ve never broken up with someone via social media nor have I been broken up with via social media. In all honesty, if you’re going to break up with someone via social media you are a straight up coward and you lose a lot of respect.

  8. Linda F says:

    Social media had not played a role in any of my relationships/breakups. Been involved in a relationship for so many years before social media became popular.

  9. Gina says:

    Just to put it out there, I don’t believe in dating unless it is solely for the intent of marriage. I am not at this point in my life yet, but people who break up over Facebook are idiots and have social problems. I believe that this type of break up is immature and inappropriate.

  10. anne says:

    never have done either. always in person or over the phone.

  11. michele malone says:

    nope. never happened to me.

  12. Elizabeth Lee says:

    Me and my boyfriend had completely fallen out, but we’re both too shy and embarrassed with each other to talk about it or even hang out anymore. I ended up kissing another guy, and my boyfriend foundout. He sent me a message on Myspace saying ‘its over’ and that was it! a couple years later we ended up as friends, so it all workd out.

  13. Eileen says:

    I re-entered the dating scene 5-6 years ago. Using the advances of technology, I met and dated some men through a few popular dating sites. Seems technology and it’s increased use was taking over in lieu of the gold standard of communicating in person or over the phone. That said, one man I dated for over 7 months broke up with me via e-mail. Two years later, he tried to reconnect with me via text message. Needless to say, I deleted the message without responding.
    I do have an FB account. I reconnected with an old friend through the site. We had been dating for a couple of months when his relationship status (which had not been previously addressed) went to *single*. A woman commented with -“and she smiles”.
    I don’t believe in calling attention to FB postings-but it was an indication that the relationship was not headed in the right direction.

  14. BARBARA S says:

    not exactly a break-up as we were already there, but he still kept showing up. so I moved. and he could not tell when I was home or not, so ignoring him at the door or phone was easy till he got the message!!!

  15. Sara Fite says:

    Only friend break-ups and all I really do is de-friend them, which isn’t all that harsh…right?

  16. Maureen says:

    This has never happened to me or by me. Brrrr… how cold!

  17. Jenny T says:

    I’ve done it in-person and over the phone; however, we got back together. The relationship is going to be four years in April. (:

  18. Hayleigh says:

    My boyfriend and I were fighting a lot, and we got into an argument over FB chat. I finally just said that I couldn’t do it anymore and that one of us needed to be the jerk and end it, and I guess it was me.

  19. Allison says:

    Nope, hasn’t happened to me or to anyone else.

  20. Melissa E says:

    I changed my Profile to Interested in “women”. Being as I have a few “friends into the same sex” it seemed legit. I think he always wondered anyway. I still laugh about it:)

  21. Lesa Boyer says:

    I was Broken up with over a text message just saying your a great girl but i feel this is not going to work out for me sorry. i was so mad

  22. Ellen B says:

    been with the hubby for 25 years in april :)

  23. Cindy Carlson says:

    Don’t like to use the word never, but I don’t think I’d ever do that