When does social media become ant-social? The Finnish prime minister ended a relationship via SMS, and according to the Washington Post, 11% of Americans say breaking up by text message is ok. In Muslim marriage, the union can be dissolved simply by saying "I divorce you", and the question currently being argued in courts from Malaysia to Egypt is whether SMS text messaging counts. The Malaysia Sun had this to say:
"Muslim authorities in Dubai, acknowledging the synergy of technology and tradition, Thursday confirmed that a Muslim divorce can be carried out via a mobile phone text message or SMS. The country's Grand Mufti, Ahmed al-Haddad, who issued a fatwa on the subject, noted: 'Islamic clerics disagreed over the way divorce can be written...divorce through this modern way is not different from using a pen and a paper...in Islam, if a husband seriously and verbally tells his wife 'you are divorced', they should be separated even without a formal certification of divorce'."
Standard messaging fees apply, one would assume.
A question for cultural anthropologists: where are we now on the spectrum of digitally enabled breakups? Perhaps this is one for the folks over at OK Cupid to answer. Sam?