The etiquette of breaking up in the digital age (poll)

Nov 12, 2013

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Have you ever broken up with someone over text message? ; Credit: JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images

Russell Brand did it to Katy Perry a couple years ago, but breaking up over text message and social media is far from the exclusive domain of celebrities.

Ending a relationship face-to-face used to not be just the right thing to do, but the decent thing to do. But as we become more and more comfortable with negotiating our personal lives and intimate relationships online and over social media, many have opted to call it quits using these new platforms.

What are the etiquettes of ending things online and  over social? Should that ever be done? Have you tried it?


Jessica Carbino, a PhD. candidate in sociology at UCLA whose research focuses on online dating and she hosts and produces a weekly radio show on UCLA Radio called “Hook up With Dr. Jess”



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