Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, Especially When They Do it With a Text

But sometimes, it might be necessary.

Michelle Marie Warner
Hello, Love

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Illustration of a light-skinned woman with long black hair, holding her arms crossed, a black cellphone, and wearing a magenta long-sleeved shirt. She has a single tear falling from her cheek and looks sad, as her boyfriend, wearing jeans and a button down shirt, is seen walking away, broken heart between them. There’s a progressive red to purple backdrop, from bottom to top.
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If you ask people on social media if a breakup via text is acceptable, their knee-jerk response is a loud and resounding “No.”

After joining a conversation thread in a group I’m in called “Dating Kinda Sucks,” I got curious about how my friends felt about it.

I posed the following question:

“Crowdsourcing for a potential story. Who here finds break up texts acceptable?”

An overwhelming majority had strong opinions about texting to break up.

Most of them were offended, and several had stories to tell that confirmed why they felt it wasn’t okay.

I initially felt the same. Notably, my fellow middle-aged friends and I felt the need for a mature face-to-face breakup. I was admittedly aghast that anyone would have such an important conversation in a text message.

Having never broken up by text, however, my opinion wasn’t relevant to the conversation. I knew what I thought but had no idea how it felt.

Not only did I have no experience, most of my relationships were before we had smartphones. I also haven’t dated seriously in nearly a decade. I don’t know anything about…

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Michelle Marie Warner
Hello, Love

Writer of all things personal, socially conscious, sensitive, single LGBTQIA+ mom. Ready to bite off more than I've been chewing. michellewarner718@gmail.com