Image source:i Stock It's very possible that this person might have thought that what you were doing was much more serious than it was for you.
So, just be tactful with them--please don't say things like, "We weren't even really dating," or "I don't know why you're so upset." Being broken up with sucks, no matter the circumstances. Image source:i Stock It's tempting to break up with someone in a way that gives them a modicum of hope, like by saying that you're too caught up in school or you're not really over your ex yet.
Image source:i Stock Controversial opinion, I know, but I'm a pretty ardent supporter of executing a breakup vis-à-vis text message--under the right circumstances, of course.
If it's a very, very casual thing, a simple text is really all that you need to do.
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It’s an old platitude, but it’s true: Breaking up is hard to do. Breaking up with someone you aren’t even really dating, technically. Particularly if you want to end things–after all, breaking up is, by most people’s definition, the act of ending a relationship.
In today’s weird, disjointed, dating/hookup/whatever culture, it’s increasingly common to find yourself in some kind of nebulous non-relationship, whether it’s a friends with benefits situation or a “just hooking up and we don’t want to talk about what’s really happening” kind of deal. How can you break up with someone if you aren’t even officially dating them?
Plus, in my own personal experience, I've often found that ghosting makes the breakup process longer.
This is because there's no real closure, and as a result, the person who gets ghosted is left wondering what they did wrong for much longer than they would be if they'd just been broken up with straight-up.
It's a great way to avoid having an awkward discussion IRL while still, you know, letting your person know that you don't want to not-date them anymore.