Breaking up is rarely easy, but with more platforms through which to communicate, soon-to-be exes everywhere are initiating breakups in some of the worst ways possible. If you find yourself on the receiving end, know that you’re much better off without someone who doesn’t have enough respect for you to end the relationship like an adult. This list goes from most weak and immature, to most cold-hearted, to downright disrespectful.
Via Text Message
The infamous break up text has been around since the invention of text messaging and it still happens today. Dumping someone via text is pretty insensitive and disrespectful, but more and more people are doing it. According to a Pew Research Center survey, 1-in-5 people admitted to breaking up, or being broken up with via text message.
Via Social Media
There’s nothing lamer than breaking up with someone via social media, but it happens all too often. Stories abound of ex-partners breaking up by simply changing their Facebook status to single. People have broken up with others via Twitter, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, you name it, since the existence of social media platforms because it gives them a digital barrier behind which they can hide and remain impersonal.
Through a Mutual Friend
For those who are too immature or afraid to do the deed themselves, they enlist a mutual friend or acquaintance to do the dirty work. The friend is meant to let you down ‘easy’, usually by choosing someone you get along with so hopefully they can comfort you after deliver the news that your partner is calling it quits. However, all it does is make the dissolution of the relationship sting that much more. P.s. using that friend as a human shield to take the crap that comes from the breakup is not cool, and using them as a mercenary to do your dirty work only exacerbates the pain of the breakup for the person on the receiving end.
Through the New Partner
In this scenario, not only are you unaware that your partner wants to break up, but you’re completely oblivious to the fact that they already have a new ‘love’ in their life. That is, until the new partner calls you up to announce their presence and let you know that your now ex wants nothing more to do with you. How mature. And sickening. And plain cold-hearted.
This is arguably the absolute worst way to dump someone, and the disturbing part is it’s very common. Ghosting is a complete cop-out way to break up with someone. A ghoster is too much of a coward to behave as an adult and talk to you face-to-face. Instead, ghosters take the passive route and simply cut off all communication as a means of ending things. Basically, they let everything fade away and attempt to disappear.
Leaving a Voicemail
This category of loser calls when they know their soon-to-be ex- partner is usually occupied, like during work. That way they can avoid direct communication and instead are able to leave a cowardly voicemail with the message that the relationship is over. They’ll usually proceed to turn off their phone so they aren’t bothered with your reply as you’re left to replay the message over and over and torment yourself with anxiety-flaring questions.