We all saw the Insta breakup heard 'round the world (you didn’t? No worries, I got you) — the high school dude that thought it was a ‘brilliant’ idea to break up with his girlfriend by posting a side-by-side pic of them together and one with her cut out, using the tag #TransformationTuesday. The picture went viral as basically the worst breakup of all time, and also earned the dude the title of biggest jerk EVER.
I can't imagine what was going through this guy's head that he somehow thought this new approach was somehow better than other classic breakup fails, but in case there were any confusion, here are five of the all-time worst ways to break up with someone that are still, somehow, not as bad as the Instagram hashtag.
1. Changing your Facebook relationship status
If you're looking for a terrible way to end a relationship, this is one approach. Change your relationship status and post to your wall so everyone gets the memo. One upside to this lame tactic is that you're not publicly calling out the dumpee.
2. Sending a breakup text
Breaking up with someone in the most impersonal and disrespectful way via text message is basically the MOST annoying, awful thing ever. Except at least this seriously #rude strategy doesn't include the humiliation factor of doing it in front of the entire world.
3. Dumping them on their birthday right before their party
The worst gift ever? Ruining their entire night by telling them it's o-v-e-r right before they head to their birthday party with all of their friends! Not sure what's worse: the feeling of being punched in the gut everytime someone asks where he-who-shall-not-be-named is, or the pity stares you get when you relay that he just dumped you. While high on the "horrible things to do" scale, this is still not as tragic as your friends finding out on your Instagram feed.
4. Changing your Netflix password
We all know that the ‘true sign’ you're in a relationship is when you give your significant other your Netflix password. So it's seriously #NotCool to hint that it's over by changing the password to your Netflix account, depriving your former love of his or her Gossip Girlreruns. But even this passive-aggressive breakup isn't as harsh as fully ruining Instagram for someone you used to <3.
5. Telling all their friends first
Telling all of her best friends first because you're too scared to do it yourself is the ultimate definition of rude. That's one game of Telephone that should never be played, but even this super-immature breakup isn't as bad as his telling every friend you've all ever had over Instagram.
All five tactics mentioned above plus the newly created Instagram hashtag fail are the WORST POSSIBLE WAYS TO BREAK UP EVER. To all the guys and girls out there: let's make a pact that we're never going to break up with someone on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook/Netflix etc. ever again. Have some respect for your former love and yourself and do it face-to-face. Please. <3
Has someone ever broken up with you in a ridiculous way? Sound off in the comments!