Etiquette experts are tut-tutting the new practice of dumping via a text message. They declare that such behavior is bad manners because it is "too heartless".
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.he 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."