Digital Dumping

Breaking-up New statistics on love on the Internet.

"Over one third of 2,000 people polled (34
percent) said they had ended a relationship by email, 13 percent had
changed their status on Facebook without telling their partners and six
percent had released the news unilaterally on Twitter."

I love it. 13 percent of people only find out that they've been dumped when they notice that their partners changed their status on Facebook. That's SO classy!

5 thoughts on “Digital Dumping

  1. I’ve maintained since before Facebook was available to the general public that there is something intrinsically icky about advertising your sexual availability (or lack of it) as a key piece of your public identity. Let alone sending status updates about it. What if you sent a mass email to your entire address book of coworkers and friends saying “Hey, available to date” or “Just decided to go steady!” Tacky.
    Wedding rings have an element of advertisement to them, true, but they’re fairly quiet and only announce the final degree of committed coupledom, not fine nuances.

  2. “Wedding rings have an element of advertisement to them, true, but they’re fairly quiet and only announce the final degree of committed coupledom, not fine nuances.”
    The fine nuances have a long history in the US: going steadily, going steady, getting pinned, being engaged to be engaged, etc.

  3. “Yes, but they’re mostly not externally visible unless you’re in a sorority.”
    Here’s another one–when I was in high school, wearing your boyfriend’s letterman’s jacket was a sign of attachment.

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