The Breakup 2.0: New Rules For Breaking Up

Technology has changed the way relationships are ended.

In her book The Breakup 2.0, author Ilana Gershon explores how college students are using technologically mediated ways to break up with their partners. These new mediums, particularly, Facebook, texting and instant messaging has changed the way romantic relationships work and end. Whereas earlier, relationships were marked by tangible symbols of connection such as pins and rings, they have now been replaced by relationship statuses on Facebook profiles. The book is based on Ilana’s interviews of seventy-two people who shared stories of being dumped via these new media.

Below is the book’s description from Amazon:

Many people are now fascinated by how new media has affected the intricacies of relationships and their dissolution. People often talk about Facebook and Twitter as platforms that have led to a seismic shift in transparency and (over)sharing. What are the new rules for breaking up? Ilana opens up the world of romance as it is conducted in a digital milieu, offering insights into the ways in which different media influence behavior, beliefs, and social mores. Above all, this full-fledged ethnography of Facebook and other new tools is about technology and communication, but it also tells the reader a great deal about what college students expect from each other when breaking up and from their friends who are the spectators or witnesses to the ebb and flow of their relationships.

Amazon: “The Breakup 2.0: Disconnecting over New Media

[via Newsweek]

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