Dating and breaking
Compared with a wall of silence, a friendly text message here and an email there can take the edge off a breakup.
"The soft breakup gives us a new way of saying 'I don't want to date you, but let's try to be friends,'" says Galena Rhoades, a clinical psychologist who frequently collaborates with Stanley on research.
Breakups in the church are painful and uncomfortable, and many of us have or will walk this dark and lonely road. God engineered romance to express itself in fidelity and loyalty — in oneness (Genesis ; Matthew 19:9; 1 Corinthians 7:2–13).
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While the exes spend time apart, the source wouldn't rule out a potential rekindling.
"They were great together—never had fights, so getting back together can be possible, but as of now, they need time," the source added.
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By impeding a definitive ending, technology has created what relationship researcher Scott Stanley dubs the "soft breakup." "There are so many easy, cheap ways to stay in contact now," says Stanley, a professor of psychology at the University of Denver.