The other day my girlfriend found out that she would not be taking that long walk down the aisle, as her pischer of a fiancé gave her the proverbial boot. Choosing not to immediately call her friends and family, she opted instead to wallow in self-pity while deciding what to do with the two huge dogs he originally brought home and then left her with. Too bad for her the insensitive lass took it upon himself to update his Facebook profile, changing his “status” from “engaged” to “single”. It wasn’t more than a day before every person in their “network” of friends learned of this sad turn of events, not to mention that she was the obvious dumpee since she had yet to update her own profile. (Read; too busy wallowing in self pity.)
Forget about tactless phone-calls and removed e-mails; cowardly break-ups have moved up a notch, crushing hearts web 2.0-style. After all, mass notifications are way more convenient than time consuming one-on-one conversations.
Think about it, how long has it really been since you last bore witness to the specific cry of a blocked MySpace page? I doubt more than a week, especially if you’ve been keeping up with all those “friends” of yours. If publicly going from “in a relationship” to “single” isn’t bad enough, just imagine not being able to see who your ex is flirting with.