Survey Finds Electronic Methods Favoured To Dump A Partner

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21st November 2013 17:23 - Public Consultation

New research has revealed that a fifth (17%) of young people have admitted to ending a relationship over a text message with a quarter doing it over email with women being the most likely to favour this method to dump someone.  The research carried out by Pew Research Centre found that the traditional way of meeting up in person to end a relationship has been replaced by electronic methods such as text or email, especially favoured by younger people. The study found that although women were found to be more likely to dump someone this way, they only beat men by one per cent. The research also discovered that in total, one in six Americans have been dumped by someone, or have dumped someone, by text, email, or through social networks such as Facebook.

According to the study, those aged between 18 and 29 years old are the most prevalent when it comes to breaking up with someone via technology with 22% admitting to doing this. However it’s not just younger people resorting to this method, 16 per cent of 30- to 49-year-olds admitted to sending a text or email to end a relationship along with seven per cent of over 50s.

The trend of breaking hearts electronically has been linked to the rising popularity of online dating sites which has almost tripled in the past five years with online daters in 2013 more likely to actually go out on dates with the people they meet on these sites. Furthermore, two-thirds (66%) of online daters saying they have gone on dates with someone they have meet through an online dating site or app, which is an increase from 43% of online daters in 2005. The research found that college educated singles between 20 and 40 are the most prolific users with one in ten internet users now turning to dating websites, in addition to this 7% of smartphone users also say they have used a dating app on their phone.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom. Around a fifth of people who meet online go on to fall in love and get married.

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