Breaking up is never easy – but one woman decided to end her relationship using a Google Doc.
Laura Esposito realized her time with her ex had passed after two years, as she prepared to move to a new city at the age of 22.
However, instead of ending it in person, she revealed that she took a digital approach and it didn’t go well.
New York-based Laura explains with Insider: “It didn’t seem realistic to drive two hours to northern New Jersey, say goodbye to him, and then drive home.
“Plus, I’m a nervous driver. Does anyone want an already worried person behind the wheel to experience even more grief? That would be a liability.
“So, to put it simply, I broke up with him in oneDoc for the greater good of humanity.”
She compiled a “two-page, single-spaced document” in which she explained to her ex that they needed to figure out who they were without having to be in each other’s lives.
Laura added: “In other words – I’m a coward and can’t bear to witness his pain knowing that I’m the cause.”
While coming to terms with the reason for the breakup, she realized that doing it using a Google Doc might not be the best approach when she saw him in a bar a few months later.
Laura said her normally calm ex “screamed” at her, saying he couldn’t believe she would do that.
But she’s not alone in breaking up with her partner over a device.
One year 2020 Pew Research Center survey shows one in five adults feel it is acceptable to break up with someone via text or online.
However, Laura added that while the breaks may have been virtual, she now realizes they “shouldn’t be if you can help it” and that she “cheated on her ex out of respect.” respect he deserves.”
Laura is now dating someone else, and she agrees that Google Docs is “no more.”