Online commentators have backed a 21-year-old woman whose police-themed photo shoot ruffled the feathers of her ex-boyfriend.
In a viral Reddit post posted on r / AmITheA ** hole, Redditor u / ExtensionPresent15 (otherwise known as original poster or OP) said she had been in a relationship with her high school sweetheart for four years before deciding it was over … and recruited authorities to ensure smooth separation.
Entitled, “[Am I the a**hole] for doing a police photo shoot because of what my ex did? ” Post received over 11,000 votes and 950 comments on the last day.
“I… just ended a 4-year relationship with mine [high school] dear ”, OP began. “He decided he was done and it broke my heart.”
Continuing to explain that the breakup was painful but friendly, the original poster said that her ex-partner kept everything warm and slept on the couch in the shared apartment.
Until it’s time for him to move out.
“He showed up around 7:00 pm … with his buddies and two police cars that were sitting in the parking lot right in front … with the lights on all the time,” wrote the OP. “I was humiliated. Our relationship was neither violent nor dramatic.
“I still don’t know why he wanted the police … but I spent a week after I had to answer questions from everyone we know,” the OP continued. “The following weekend, my best friend showed up with a bottle of wine and two Party City cop costumes to try to cheer me up.
“We took all sorts of goofy photos of her handcuffing me … it was the first time I smiled since the breakup and decided to post some of the funniest,” OP added. “I woke up the next morning to hear texts from him and some of his buddies saying how terrible I am and that I should be ashamed of making fun of him.”
Dirty breakups are not a new phenomenon.
But with the continued proliferation of social media platforms, the potential for catastrophic breakups grows exponentially.
Three years ago, scientists at Colorado University concluded that as a result of inhumane algorithms, social media prevents separated couples from drifting apart, as they would have done in previous generations.
Where living, breathing people might expect to have resources no To invite an ex-friend to a meeting or pull out photos of an ex-friend to remind them of all the good times they shared, many algorithms are designed to display content to social media users from their loved ones, including the recently removed romantic enhancer.
“Most of today’s relationships also exist on the Internet, where they are represented on social media platforms with tagged photos, mutual friends, and entire conversations that make up a digital timeline,” reads a study published by Colorado University.
“As a result of persistent connections, even algorithms designed to encourage memories and well-being … can generate insensitive encounters long after the relationship ends,” she continues.
However, despised social media users are not deprived of options, and most platforms offer mute and lock buttons for a reason.
Throughout the comments section on Reddit’s viral post, many Redditors echoed that sentiment and called upon the original poster’s ex-boyfriend complaining that the breakup became a public spectacle after he did it himself.
“[Not the a**hole]”Wrote Redditor u / Beancaped in the main comment on a post which received nearly 16,000 votes. “He’s your ex now, he can’t comment on your posts.
“Even if he did, you were just trying to play,” they continued. “Well done bounce!”
Redditor u / gnothro, whose comment received over 3,500 votes, offered a similar answer.
“What a drama queen,” they joked. “You avoided the bullet here, it could be dramatic elsewhere.”
“So the house boy can do it having a police escort for no apparent reason, but he can’t stand it when you have a hilarious cute, cleansing photo shoot,” cut in Redditor u / pennywhistlesmoonpie, receiving nearly 3,000 votes. “So [not the a**hole] it’s not even funny. “
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