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One In Seven Have Been Dumped By A Text Message Or E-Mail

"I Don't Wanna Go Out W/U N E Mor." If you haven't seen a text message like this yet, you may soon. According to a new survey, roughly one in seven say they've been dumped by a boyfriend or girlfriend via text message or e-mail. I guess Kevin Federline isn't alone.

"I Don't Wanna Go Out W/U N E Mor." If you haven't seen a text message like this yet, you may soon. According to a new survey, roughly one in seven say they've been dumped by a boyfriend or girlfriend via text message or e-mail. I guess Kevin Federline isn't alone.Here is a look at the survey:

"Most of us send e-mails and texts everyday, so it comes as no surprise they are now being used to ditch someone -- however distasteful this is," said Rob Barnes from moneysupermarket.com, which carried out the survey.

"The results show 1% of the population would use a social networking site to dump a partner. It would be interesting to see how this changes as sites such as Facebook and MySpace become more apparent in our everyday lives."

The survey included 2,194 people in the United Kingdom between the ages of 18 and 24. A more surprising finding, though, was that almost 25% of those surveyed have used the traditional pen and paper "Dear John" or "Dear Jane" letter to call it quits.

This is just another sign of how pervasive text messaging is in the lives of younger people. Earlier this year Eric Zeman pointed out how Korean teens send on average 60.1 text messages a day.

I got to see first hand this year just how adept young Americans are at text messaging at the LG National Texting Championship. The national champ, Morgan Pozgar, sends roughly 4,000 text messages a month. That's a heapen' helpin' of SMS.

What do you think? Have you used a text message or e-mail to break up with someone? Or, worse, have you been dumped this way?

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