IT JUST seems kind of gutless, doesn't it?
Back in primary school, before the advent of the technology that is so widespread today, it probably wasn't much better.
One kid would want to break up with another kid, but wouldn't quite have the confidence to do it themselves - so they would ask their friend to do it.
Then some genius went and invented the mobile phone.
And another person invented texting.
Now people can just leave a voice message or send a text to tell their beloved the relationship is over.
It happened to a friend of mine in high school.
It must have been one of the first text break ups because we hadn't been texting for long.
She received a message from her then-boyfriend letting her know it was all over.
I was friends with him as well and told him I didn't think much of his actions.
But he told me he was simply too scared to do it face to face.
He isn't the only one.
Pop star Britney Spears dumped husband Kevin Federline by text.
Apparently country singer Carrie Underwood got the heave ho from actor Chace Crawford via text message as well.
Is this really acceptable behaviour?
I've had friends who have found out they no longer had a significant other via Facebook.
They log on to find out their partner has set their relationship status to single - or the even more dramatic "it's complicated".
Whatever happened to having a face-to-face conversation with someone to let them know it's over?
Are people really so terrified of actually relating to each other?
For celebrities I guess there might be an excuse - when you're working halfway around the world and you want to split, I guess a quick phone call or a text message might be a matter of callous convenience.
But when you live in the same town as someone, there's really no excuse.