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Breaking up is hard to do — but not if you follow the rules

By Kelly Marcella
Gazette Staff

The sad reality of most relationships is that sooner or later they inevitably come to an end.

With that in mind, it seems as though the way in which people decide to end their respective relationships has spiralled farther and farther down into disgrace and disrespect. Have people completely forgotten that there is a certain etiquette that should be followed when breaking up? So, without further adieu, a list to make sure those breakup badasses do it right.

1. The Avoidance Breakup. While many people often feel it is simply easier to avoid any sort of conflict, these creeps that take the low road in no way deserve to be in relationships in the first place. Completely disrespectful, tactless and disgusting — these people should forever be branded with their own ‘scarlet letter.’

2. The e-mail/Note/Letter Breakup. Yes, university students are often praised for their writing skills, but in the case of breakups, leave your poetic stylings at home.

3. The Online Breakup. Online chatting has permeated our society to the point where failures in MSN Messenger often lead to nervous breakdowns. This means that serious conversations should not take place in a format that has completely degenerated all form of articulate communication into a series of ridiculous abbreviations.

4. The Phone Call Breakup. Phone calls allow for more personal human interaction, but should only be resorted to if your significant other is too far to reach in person.

5. The In-Person Breakup. Any person with respect for their soon-to-be ex, or even their own integrity, should remember that you at least need to face the person you are breaking up with. It’s the only fair approach to an often sticky situation.



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