ZUMPING is the latest cruel dating trend to look out for during quarantine, where your other half breaks up with you via a video call.
With the UK still in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, couples who don’t live together haven’t been able to see each other in weeks.
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And those who are staying together are probably desperate for someone else to talk to.
But for people who are separated, video calling is the next best thing to meeting up in person.
WhatsApp, Houseparty, Facebook and Zoom have emerged as the most popular platforms to keep in touch – and get dumped.
While face-to-face is arguably the right way to break things off, the quarantine has made this option a no-go for the foreseeable future.
So with the UK entering another week of lockdown, the distance has proved too much for some people who have virtually ended it, or ‘zumped’ someone.
Writer, Julia Moser, spawned the phrase after she posted a tweet in the early hours saying: “Am I the first person who’s been dumped via zoom?”
Julia, who shared her experience on Buzzfeed, also uploaded a snapshot of the heartbreaking Zoom meeting invite, beneath a brutal message which said: “We need to talk.”
And to make matters worse, she later updated Twitter on the situation, saying: “Also the connection was bad so we kept freezing it was so surreal.”
Julia’s tweet has received more than 65,000 likes, as people shared their own dating disasters – while one person referred to her situation as ‘zumping’ – sparking the new dating trend.
Making light of the situation, one person said: “It’s not you, it’s….. my bandwidth.”
Another joked: “I’m sorry he decided to zoom out of your life.”
A third commented: “Did he say he wanted to Zoom other people?”
While this person added: “Man. They were like ‘I could FaceTime… but I’ll set up a meeting link instead’.”
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Her tweet prompted an outpouring of similar dating disasters across social media, with one bloke revealing: “Oof. My ex asked me for divorce through Facebook message when Facebook was still new. It smarts.”
This woman shared: “Blarghhh I am so sorry, but if it makes you feel any better, I was once dumped via tumblr!”
A third added: “I got dumped in a text message on my anniversary back in January.”
Someone else tweeted: “I got dumped by voicemail once. He deliberately called when he knew I wouldn’t be available to pick up, too, the coward.”
Meanwhile others pointed out the positives, such as not worrying about awkwardly running into the ex any time soon.
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