Breaking up is hard to do. If you do it yourself.
The crying, the cliches, the platitudes - no matter how you cut it, there's no right answer how to breakup. But when it's over, it's over, and whether you're ready to admit it or not, the longer you wait, the longer you're delaying the inevitable.
Bottom line, the hardest part is letting the other person know how you feel. Usually that means inviting them out to a nice dinner and dropping the bomb in front of a crowded room of strangers. But if public spectacles aren't your cup of tea, a handful of global online services can do it for you. Think of it like your own personal button man in the love mafia.
In China, that country's version of Ebay, Taobao, has 26 breakup agents, who charge about $30 a piece to tell jilted lovers that it's over via phone call or in person announcement. Apparently, one of the agents was inspired to get into the business after watching the aptly titled South Korean romance "Sad Movie."
Here in the United States, sites are a little less personal, but just as plentiful. iBreakUp.Net lets your write a letter and then sends an email of that message to breakup. And if you're feeling remorseful, there is an option for a makeup message (if you're the impulsive type, this could be a good choice for you).
Rather email than call? BreakUpEmail.com does just that. Erase Ur X takes it a step further. The $0.99 cent iPhone app lets you create and send Dear John style emails, photos and video messages your soon-to-be ex, and then deletes their number from your phone.
Need more? Can't stop obsessing or checking on your ex online? Then there's BlockYourEx.com which lets you type in the name of your ex and block them from Facebook, Twitter, Google searches and more.
Should you move on or stay strong? That is the question, and Swedish underwear brand Bjorn Borg created a whole marketing campaign around that very question. If you wanted to break up, Bjorn Borg printed underwear with your customized message and sent it to your soon to be ex. Genius.
The Swedes are very thorough, and have come up with a very simple test -- scientific really. Watch below. If your partner annoys you in any way, well...you know...
If you said yes, click below:
Keyboard break up image via Shutterstock.