Teens are surprisingly sympathetic when it comes to dumping each other

Teenagers these days have developed a reputation for being a part of a generation that would rather send a quick text over having a face to face conversation — but based on a new study, that might not be entirely fair.

Earlier this week, the Pew Research Center released a new study entitled “Teens, Technology and Romantic Relationships,” which closely analysed teenagers ages 13 to 17 to provide a clearer understanding of the “digital romantic practices” of America’s youth. 

Here’s a look at the their findings. Turns out, at least when it comes to romantic breakups, 78% of the teenagers surveyed thought real-life conversations were the “most acceptable” way to go. 

For Teens, Telling Someone in Person Is by Far the Most Socially Acceptable Way to Break Up


There was significant drop in popularity between the top choice, dumping someone in person, and second best option, calling a significant other on the phone to deliver the bad news. Thirty one per cent of teens surveyed thought a phone call was the most acceptable method. 

So what about text messaging, the beloved go to of teens everywhere? 

While 72% per cent of teens reported they use text messaging to connect with their significant others daily, only 12% of the people Pew surveyed thought texting was the most acceptable method to dump a boyfriend or girlfriend.  

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