The 11 worst ways to breakup with someone, ranked

Ghosting is getting a lot of bad press lately, but I can think of way worse ways to call things off.

By: Laura Beck

1. In person. The most humane, if physically dangerous, way to breakup. With the caveat that you should be prepared to be punched in the nuts and/or have a grown man openly weep in an Olive Garden. (Although, don't worry about the OG; it sees a lot of tears, tbh.)

2. Email. Acceptable if the relationship is fairly new. Just don't attach a GIF of an adorable kitten or a hippo cuddling a pony because you think it'll soften the blow. It won't and you're just ruining cute animal GIFs for the other person and therefore making the entire internet a total wasteland for them. Also, this can be the worst if one or both of you are complicit in writing ten page emails about your ~FeElInGs~ for the next two months, thereby prolonging the inevitable and giving your younger sister something really embarrassing to read when she hacks into your Gmail.

3. Text. Although Kelly might disagree with me, breaking up over text doesn't have to be the worst, especially if you've only gone on a handful of dates and it's your main method of communication. Caveat: If you've been out like five times and you text in the middle of the night about how you're "both eating the same flavour of chips from a can and lol you have so much in common and what would you name your kid if you had a daughter!?" and then you breakup over text, you're basically a hellhound.

4. Skywriting, carrier pigeon, smoke signals, on a takeaway coffee cup (make sure to misspell their name! you never cared about them!), in a banner ad on their favourite hentai site, on a customised Diet Coke can, or ​**having your dog fart it out directly into their face.** Any of those are better than the rest of these.

  1. Phone call, other person actually picks up.** If it isn't 2005 or you're not my mum, this is an inappropriate way to contact anyone about anything. Also, LOL on someone picking up the phone. As if!

  1. Over Twitter/Instagram DM.** Are you 11? If you're 11, then fine. Also, if you're 11, stop dating and go learn to code. You'll thank me later. (In the form of an infinity pool when you sell your first start-up. Reading these words counts as a binding agreement.)

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  1. Over Twitter/Instagram public.** ​Farrah? That you? Girl, you know that's fucked up!

  1. Ghosting.** Just straight up disappearing is pretty evil, but at least it tells the other person that you're a piece of shit not worth their time. So that's good!

  1. Phone call, voicemail.** This ties for 7 because it's basically the same as being ghosted. Nobody under 30 has listened to my voicemail since 2011.

  1. Post-it.* This is a pretty bad (but also kinda hilarious? a little bit?) way to breakup with someone who is obsessed with Sex and the City. But really: you suck and may the aural spirit of Samantha Jones manifest in your bed and siphon your life force out through her ~sPoOky~ vagine.

  1. Letter.** Unless you're Billy the Kid and the Pony Express is the only way to get things done, this is by far the most confusing way to do things. That said, if you are a KICK ASS letter writer, and you know that fact FOR SURE, it could be nice? Bonus: if you're kinda famous in any way, they'll be able to sell it for rent money, so that's cool!

  1. In a song you wrote for them.** LOL, you're the worst and everyone hates your guitar.

  1. In person, right after sex*.** WTF is wrong with you? I hope the Ghost of Christmas Future drags you straight back to hell like the demon you are. Repent now, monster!

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