So I went through a bad breakup recently.
It wasn’t tough because of the feelings I had for the guy. Rather it was because of the way things ended. After 10 days of silence from him, during which I calmly texted, called and e-mailed, he e-mailed me to say he was overwhelmed with work and couldn’t handle a relationship. No call, no conversation. Two months of dating — we’d met each other’s friends and were seeing each other every weekend — dissolved in one impersonal paragraph.
Of course, when was the last time you were rejected and thought: Ah, that felt good? Still, from what I’ve seen in my own dating life and what I’ve heard in conversations with other singles and relationship experts, technology has made our breakups even worse.
With so much of life happening on the Internet — and about 23 percent of couples now meeting online — it’s inevitable that “I’m just not that into you” ends up in our inboxes, sandwiched between bills, notes from our bosses and e-cards from Mom. And it’s not unheard of for Facebook users to get news about their romances when the other person changes his or her status from “in a relationship” to “single” — without talking about it first.