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nothing good really about electronic goodbye

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What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. (Matth. 19:6)

Gone are the times when married partners were “no more twain, but one flesh”. Freedom of choice, and often freedom of commitment, among other factors, lead to growing divorce statistics. An african adage states: when the milk starts burning don’t move out, but take the pot off the oven. Statistics show that a majority prefers moving. Now not even “Goodbye” anymore. “Bye” must suffice, in the modern age of e-mail and instant messaging. Hence many U.S. citizens have become increasingly comfortable with ending relationships electronically.

All kinds of relationships, many of them romantic, are abruptly ended via a relatively impersonal text-message, e-mail or instant message, the Boston Globe reported Sunday.

Larry, 36, an Air Force sergeant from New Hampshire who asked that his last name not be used, told the newspaper his girlfriend broke up with him six times by e-mail.

“E-mail is horrible,” he said. “You just get to the point where you hate it. You can’t have dialogue. You don’t have that person in front of you. You just have that black-and-white text. It’s a very cold way of communicating.”

Many cell phone and Internet users reported preferring the electronic goodbye because it allows them to forego the difficult face-to-face confrontation. However, most who prefer the method admitted they did not think it was the best way to go.

Critics of the electronic breakup told the newspaper the method could mean trouble, as text-messages and e-mails can be sent in a time of high-running emotions.

Will the new proverb read soon: When the milk starts burning, no need to text your real estate agent…. ?

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Written by huehueteotl

April 23, 2007 at 12:50 pm

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