By Grace Vasquez
The phrase we all dread to hear, “We need to talk.” Oh boy, not good.
So what is the best way to get dumped or to dump someone? Do you want a long explanation? Would you prefer the bomb to be dropped after you’ve enjoyed your dinner? Or are you a ‘just text me and get it over with’ type?
New research from Brigham Young University in Utah offered 145 participants different forms of hypothetical bad news, giving them different scenarios and two potential ways they’d like that news to be delivered.
The study found that when it comes to recieving bad news, whether it’s being dumped or even getting fired, the majority of people prefer a direct approach free of any BS or waffling.
Researcher Alan Manning said ‘An immediate ‘I’m breaking up with you’ might be too direct.’ ‘But all you need is a ‘we need to talk’ buffer – just a couple of seconds for the other person to process that bad news is coming.’ Boy don’t we know it!
Now, when it comes to other bad types of bad news, the direct approach is preferred. After all, if your house is on fire you don’t want the person on the phone to beat around the bush!