BY Heather Downing > Senior > Communications and Asian Studies > Saint Peter’s College / Second photo by Liz Swezey > Sophomore > Photography > The College of New Jersey
Breakups have always been one of the less enjoyable aspects of young love; but for our generation, new technology seems to be making the process even harder.
“When you are breaking up, the medium is the message,” Ilana Gershon explains in her book, “Breakup 2.0.” Gershon, an assistant professor of communication and culture at Indiana University, points out that we have expectations of relationships and, in turn, breakups.
In other words, a 140-character tweet won’t suffice, and changing your Facebook relationship status to “single” does not mean you broke up in reality. “I think that breaking up with someone in person is just standard courtesy,” says Janna Cole, a junior at Coastal Carolina University. When she and her college boyfriend couldn’t keep a long distance relation- ship going over the summer, she waited to break up with him until the fall semester so she could do it in person.