Her Facebook status changed to "single?" Ur dumped

Tue Feb 23, 2010 8:52am EST
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LONDON (Reuters) - Digital dumping is on the rise, according to a survey, with growing numbers of people preferring to use email and social networking Web sites to break up with their partners.

Over one third of 2,000 people polled (34 percent) said they had ended a relationship by email, 13 percent had changed their status on Facebook without telling their partners and six percent had released the news unilaterally on Twitter.

By contrast, only two percent had broken up via a mobile phone text.

The rest had split up the old-fashioned way by face-to-face conversation (38 percent) and by telephone (eight percent).

"Digital Dumping will soon take over when it comes to ending a relationship," said Sean Wood, Marketing Manager for DateTheUk dating service for whom the survey was carried out.

"It's often easier, quicker and avoids any misunderstandings."

(Editing by Paul Casciato)

<p>A student uses her laptop computer on the steps to Memorial Church at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts in this September 21, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Brian Snyder</p>