Our lives are made increasingly easier because of technology. I have my shopping delivered to my door through FreshDirect, I don’t need to call anyone if I want a quick meal because I just use Seamless…heck, I even met my wife online from half a world away (though, we did meet before we decided to tie the knot). We’ve outsourced all of our bare necessities and relegated them to a single click, swipe or push on our smartphones. No one denies that the rise of technology, in conjunction with an increasingly vibrant entrepreneurial spirit, has simplified our lives and made us more productive. But admittedly, sometimes there’s a line.
I’m pretty sure I’ve found the line.
The Breakup Shop will, in their words, ‘handle the messy work of the breakup so you can spend more time swiping right’.
It’s quite something that we’ve gotten to the point where we’re employing ‘professionals’ to end relationships. Imagine being the significant other of one of the Breakup Shop’s ‘upstanding clients’ and receiving the text, letter or poo-smelling greeting card. How would you feel when the person who you (could have) had real feelings for decided to employ someone just to break up with you? How would you feel about the relationship that you shared? The fact that you loved them? The answer is: pretty damn lousy.
Now, admittedly not everyone is ‘100% in’ when they are in relationships, and The Breakup Shop may simply be a humorous way for non-serious couples to call it off. However, it does speak to an increasing, almost frightening, reliance we have on utilizing technology to avoid something difficult.