Facebook Break-ups – Surely not okay?

According to UberFacts on twitter, 21% of people think it’s okay to break up via facebook.
I don’t know how correct this is but it got me thinking and reminded me of the episode of Sex and the City where Carrie gets broken up with via a post-it note. Is there really a good way to break up with someone?

I do believe there is. In this day and age we conduct our lives on facebook and twitter. We take cameras out on nights out purely so we can upload them to facebook the next day. Is this to keep memories or to show off to our cyber friends? Whole evenings can be spent chatting to friends online rather than a phone call and we often find out what people are up to via facebook without even speaking to someone. Although being called “social” media it can often take away from real sociability. Today it is acceptable to conduct a conversation online rather than by phone but I do not believe it will ever be okay to end a relationship over facebook.

I believe everyone deserves to be broken up with face to face. It’s out of respect to the good times that you may have once had together, even though now you are faltering. Relationships endings often makes us feel like there is no pain worse, I couldn’t even imagine the feeling of breaking up via facebook.

Of course, relationships spanning over 2 weeks or so people may see it to be more acceptable. However if you have been intimate with each other, the least you can give them is a phone call. Although the percentage is low, it is crazy to think people do end relationships via facebook.

Have we become such a cyber world that relationships and adult conversations can now be turned into the quiet sounds of fingers on a keyboard? Hopefully this is not a trend that will catch on. My heart goes out to anyone who has ever been broken up with via the internet. If they were the sort of person who thought that was okay – well, then they weren’t worth it in the first place!

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