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It's not you, it's me.

on Thu May 24, 2018 9:10 pm
Breaking off a romantic relationship can be hard to do because of the often-intense emotions involved in the process. Many of us can remember the somber moment when somebody says “it’s not you, it’s me” as eyes swell with tears, emotions run hot and cold, and couples (at least, some of them) find a private area to break up so as not to have an emotional outburst in front of family, friends, or strangers.

So, why not just send a text?

Sending a text message communicates a lack of desire to interact while allowing both parties to read the same “it’s not you, it’s me” message without having to read and respond to the other’s nonverbal signals. After all, if one has already made up their mind about the dissolution of the relationship, than what can be gained by further interaction?

Of course, many of you (ourselves included) recognize that the preceding suggestion is remarkably cold and impersonal. But think about it this way: Is not a breakup in fact cold and impersonal?

What is your reaction to this suggestion?

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