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Break up etiquettes revealed

Breaking up by sending a text message is bad manners because texting is too heartless, believe etiquette experts. Here are some points you must keep in mind before you call it quits.

sex and relationships Updated: Dec 02, 2009 20:54 IST

CoupleBreaking up by sending a text message is bad manners because texting is too heartless, believe etiquette experts.

Jo Bryant, an etiquette adviser and blogger for Debrett’s, which publishes the A-Z of Modern Manners, longer relationships deserve “face-to-face attention and a decent explanation”, reports The Telegraph.

The expert said: “If it is very early days and you have been on just a few casual dates, then ending it by email or phone is fine. But texting is too heartless. Do not break up with someone if they have just received bad news or are in a stressful situation. Or just before Christmas, their birthday or Valentine’s Day. Avoid any Twitter tirades but only update your status on Facebook when you are sure it’s over.”

In an article for The Sun, Bryant also wrote that checking mobile phones while having drinks or dinner with friends is bad manners.

She said: "People in the flesh deserve more attention than a gadget, so wherever possible ignore your phone in social situations."

“If you are awaiting an important call, explain at the outset that you will have to take it, and apologise in advance,” she added.