why breaking up even from a ‘non-relationship’ can be emotionally bruising
Like so many love stories, this one begins with two strangers meeting on a Saturday night in an overcrowded bar and ending with regrets.
Or rather, like so many modern undefined-relationship stories, this one actually begins with two people with mutual Facebook friends meeting IRL and ending via Whatsapp.
Oh yes, here we go: the non-relationship.
Just one of the key symptoms of contemporary hook up culture, the non-relationship comes in a dozen or so different forms – from fuckbuddy to placeholder to won’t-say-I’m-in-LOVE – but all types include a studied air of nonchalance and fear of commitment by one or both involved.
According to statistics, around 60% of us experience casual, ‘friends with benefits’ relationships but less than 10% lead to anything long-term. Yet despite this landscape defined by rampant Tinder swiping and couples-that-don’t-call-themselves-couples, little is said about what happens when these relationships dissolve. And the truth is, no…
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