10 Ways to Break Up (and When to Use Them)

Breakups are not one size fits all, but there are a few ways to do them that are less painful than others. However you decide to go about it, you need to think hard about what’s right for your situation. Need to know how to end it? Use one of these methods and you’ll be on your way.

  1. The Text Breakup. Breaking up via text message only works when the dating is so new that it’s not even considered breaking up. If you had enough with date one and he’s hitting you up for number two, you’re certainly in the clear to end it via text. Any other way would be unnecessarily dramatic.
  2. The Ghost Breakup. Ghosting your way out of a party works great, but that’s because you might have fifty people to say goodbye to. A breakup is just one. Disappearing and never speaking to someone again is only appropriate if you’re in real danger. Otherwise, no. Just make it quick and clean, it’s not like he can argue with “we’re done”.
  3. The Break Up and Continue Having Sex Breakup. There’s a bit of grey area with this one. Are you really broken up if you’re still seeing each other, just because you made it unofficial? This type of breakup does not work if it was just an easy out for dealing with some of your bigger issues. It may work, however, if you all you have is a sexual connection and you can handle a casual thing while you celebrate your freedom.
  4. The Breakup Through a Friend Breakup. This one didn’t die out in sixth grade? If you’re responsible enough to drive, you’re responsible enough to break up with someone on your own. But then feel free to run to your friends for support because that they’re good for.
  5. The Breakup and Get Back Together a Few Times Breakup. Sometimes it takes a couple rounds of breaking up to get the desired destination. A lot of people are pretty stubborn and set in their ways, and sometimes (unfortunately) the only way to shock a man into shaping up is by putting on the breaks. People do change. Sometimes. You might drive your friends mad in the process, so be prepared for that.
  6. The Breakup and Date Each Other’s Friends Breakup. Yesterday’s breakup? Old news. You guys are both having a great time moving on overnight, and what are the odds – you’ve managed to do it close to home so you can try to make each other jealous. What fun! Until it’s not. Don’t forget those new flings have feelings you’ll need to deal with as well.
  7. The Push Away Breakup. In the push away breakup, you basically do everything you can to try and get him to break up with you first. Also known as the dry-out breakup. This might involve avoiding his phone calls, refusing to sleep with him, or bringing over your cat that he’s totally allergic to. Small doses of pushing him away can help jumpstart the impending conversation, but being a total bitch is not suggested.
  8. The Breakup and Become Besties Breakup. Not for the faint of heart. This type of friendly breakup only works when you guys are totally truly just friends and can laugh about how silly it was to try and date. Like, your body parts didn’t even fit together or something ruling out sex for all the eternity. If either party is faking this jubilant mood in hopes of getting the other person back, things will come crashing down shortly.
  9. The Break Breakup. Is taking a break really a thing? No one knows for sure. The break is for those who can’t commit fully to breaking up (yet) but know they need some space. Use at your risk, what happens on a break doesn’t necessarily stay on the break.
  10. The Breakup and Never Speak Again. Ugh. In serious cases where the breakup is a struggle on both parts it sometimes takes a major cool down to start the healing. This can mean, gulp, unfollowing each other on social media and erasing his number so you don’t drunk text him every weekend.
Kate Ferguson is a Los Angeles local and freelance writer for a variety of blog and magazine genres. When she's not writing, the UC Davis graduate is focused on pursuits of the entertainment industry, spin class, and hot sauce. Look for article links, updates, (and the occasional joke) on Twitter @KateFerg or @WriterKateFerg, or check out her personal blog ThatsRandomKate.blogspot.com