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May 27, 2008

It’s not you, it’s me, eh?

Filed under: News,Psychology — posted by Maria @ 2:14 pm

Maybe it won’t surprise any of you to find out that roughly 50% of Canadians — reputed to be the politest people in the Northern hemisphere (the Minnesotans being too polite to challenge them) — break up in private places, mainly their own homes, so as not to embarrass the other person. (Or, um, because it’s cold outside?)

The Vancover Sun article bearing the news — based on a recent poll by Ipsos Reid — quotes psychology professor Guy Grenier as saying, “I suppose that’s probably a good indication of relationship etiquette.” I suppose. But just because a breakup happens in private doesn’t mean it feels private. I mean, the most humiliating place I was ever broken up with was in my own bedroom. Would have been private, I guess, if there hadn’t been a PARTY going on downstairs. I’ll cry if I want to, thanks!

By the way, call me an impolite New Yorker, but aren’t they focusing on the wrong half of the respondents? I mean, where are all those other people breaking up? Gretzky’s?

(By the way #2, the comments section here would be a good place to share your own good/bad/ugly breakup-location stories. Especially you, our neighbors to the north.)


  1. Every time my Canadian boyfriend breaks up with me, it’s over a text message. Maybe there’s a difference in politesse between the English and French-Canadians?

    Comment by Cheri — May 27, 2008 @ 8:27 pm

  2. this is a comment for Cheri above …. BAHHAHA .. you said ‘everytime’ your boyfriend breaks up with you. get the message maybe? hahahhahahahhhahhahah a

    Comment by Simone — May 28, 2008 @ 8:15 am

  3. and to you Maria.. yes I’d say you are just an impolite New Yorker. You all seem to be. wooo go CANADA

    Comment by Simone — May 28, 2008 @ 8:16 am

  4. The worst location for a breakup is on MySpace…through a message sent by the new person that your new ex is now seeing… -_- We met at school and just exchanged MySpaces, so it’s not like we met online… I actually had to go to class and almost beat his version of the truth out of him because he couldn’t write an e-mail, pick up a phone, or drop by to tell me himself.

    ‘Salright – my revenge is all in his GPA. >:-) Since he dumped me, my grades skyrocketed and his plummetted because he no longer had me to proofread his papers or push him to do his homework! Bwahahahahahahaha!

    Comment by Allie — May 28, 2008 @ 9:58 pm

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