How to stop dating a girl

The Pros: You don’t have to awkwardly tell someone that, after only two or three dates, you are quite confident you never want to see them again. The Cons: It’s definitely cowardly, it’s definitely immature, and it can leave people wondering when and where they went wrong. It is probably uncomfortable and awkward and will make you feel like a mean, bad person.

Sitting someone down (or, you know, emailing…or texting) and basically saying, “Thanks, but no thanks.” The Pros: This is what do: end things maturely and decisively, so you don’t have to awkwardly avoid the person if you run into them six months from now after NEVER CALLING BACK. Have you seen someone a few times and ultimately decided “Meh…not for me.”?

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Yesterday morning I signed onto GChat and received the following message from a friend: “I officially got dumped by someone I wasn’t dating.” Whoo, boy.

Apparently, my friend had gone on two dates with a guy — fine dates! And then, out of nowhere, she gets a long, kindly-worded email from him explaining that things weren’t going to work out, but that she was “a nice girl,” etc etc.

You know, the kind of email no one should have to be forced to read unless they’ve at least enjoyed some perks of an actual relationship.

Breaking up is hard to do — especially when you weren’t really dating in the first place.

One of the trickiest aspects of dating is how do you end it with someone you’ve only gone out with once or twice.

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