One-third have broken up by Facebook, text or e-mail--survey

A survey by Lab 42 discovers that electronic means of severing a relationship have become second nature. It also suggests that people make a status update quicker after a breakup than when they find love.

These days, love comes, love goes, love doesn't necessarily even stay the night.

Do you need more proof of this sad and very modern truth? Oh, you do. Then please let me help you. A survey conducted by market researchers Lab 42 declares that 33 percent of human beings have broken up with their beloveds by text, e-mail, or Facebook.

Yes, Facebook.

You might imagine that I am talking about 13-year-olds. Because you definitely, surely have to be 13 to be on Facebook. Yet, no. This survey purports to offer the truths of 550 people older than 18--and, clearly, over the first flushes of love.

Lab 42

The idea that it's OK to use just a few keystrokes to dismiss the one whose thigh you might have stroked just the day before is surely a little deflating.

However, the deflation of this no doubt statistically troubled survey doesn't stop there. Some 45 percent of cheery, loving couples communicate primarily by Facebook message.

And a quite throat-freezing 52 percent change their Facebook status after a breakup immediately. This compares with a mere 38 percent who change their status when they have found someone fresh, new and willing.

Here's another fun finding that might explain Mark Zuckerberg's Roman Emperor mien: 57 percent of people who meet someone they're interested in--you know, in what's left of real life--immediately send them a Facebook friend request.

Isn't that a little obvious? Isn't that the modern equivalent of, well, leering?

The more one looks at these findings, the keener one is to open an excellent bottle of wine. Because only wine can help you get over the finding that is the most shivering.

In answer to the question: "What is the most important trait your significant other should possess?"--did the largest group of respondents say physical beauty? No. Did it say emotional attentiveness? Also, no. Did it say similar humor, strong family values, or same personality? No, no and no.

It said: "Other."

 

Join the discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre

Don't Miss
Hot Products
Trending on CNET