It may be a callous, cowardly and decidedly unchivalrous way to end a relationship, but a survey conducted by mobile phone site Recombu.com has revealed that one in ten people have been dumped by text message. From teen crushes to those about to be married, technology allows a faceless exit from a romance.
According to the Daily Mail
even celebrities are not immune from this rising trend, naming Jennifer Aniston as a star who was reportedly dumped by text. Brittany Spears apparently used a text to dump husband Kevin Federline.
Hannah Bouckley, who conducted the research for the Recombu. com survey, said "It is a bit of a cop-out" adding "Texting is such a part of how we communicate as a whole now that is is natural that this will be used for something like that. Technology is opening up new areas for relationships."
In 2010 the Daily Record
reported that the figures were even higher, citing a survey which found "two-thirds of people would cast off their other half by text while more a third have been frozen out by email." Additionally people were using Facebook, cyber dating sites and chat rooms to dump their romantic interest, with the break-up often announced on Facebook or Twitter by either the dumped party or the dumpee.
For those who consider texting as an uncool way out there is another option that will raise eyebrows. There is actually a website breakupemail
which allows the dumper to create a format break-up email, complete with a choice of reasons to pick from. If he or she is a total loser, has body odor issues, or even has poor grammar, a break-up email awaits.