Americans Recall Method Of Breakup More Readily Than Reason

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Dating has changed over the decades, especially with the prevalence of technology and the Internet. In the same way, breaking up has changed, and a recent study revealed that the majority of people do it through technological means.

Indiana University's College of Arts and Sciences found that most people broke up through text messaging, though the act is often thought of as disrespectful.

Other methods included emails, Skype and social media, but doing it in person, which is usually considered the "right way," was less common.

It may be due to these seemingly disrespectful methods that participants in the study recalled more readily the way they were broken up with instead of why they were broken up with.

Ilana Gershon, an associate professor in the Department of Communication and Culture, said Facebook and other social networking sites changed the way we date and break up.

She interviewed 70 undergraduates for her book "The Breakup 2.0: Disconnecting Over New Media."

She found that the majority of them described the medium that was used in the split when they were asked about their last breakup instead of talking about what led to it.

Gershon compared her research in the U.S. with those in other locations, like Japan in Britain, where students instead talked about why they were broken up with. 

One Yahoo writer created a top ten list for breaking up with someone, which included being honest, doing it before straying and doing it in person.

Sources: Inquisitr, Yahoo