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Smartphone app sends breakup texts for you

Tuesday - 7/30/2013, 8:31am  ET

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The Breakup Text app helps you come up with an excuse for your breakup. (Courtesy of Breakup Text)

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WTOP's David Burd reports.

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WASHINGTON - Breaking up is hard to do. But with a new app, ending a relationship with a significant other just got a little easier.

The Breakup Text app, released on iTunes Saturday, allows users to compose a text that ends the relationship in a few easy steps.

"No more awkward conversations or phone calls," the app's description says. "With Breakup Text, you can end your relationship in just a few taps."

When a face-to-face breakup is too much to handle, the Breakup Text app steps in to compose a text either serious or funny that lets the significant other know it's over. The app lets you choose the ex's gender, the nature of the relationship and an excuse such as "I lost interest," "I found someone else" or "I was eaten by a bear."

One of the app's creators, Jake Levine, told Fast Company that the app was developed as a joke, but echoed the reality that people really do break up via text message.

"As much as we did it as a joke, it has sort of captured a moment in time when tech is becoming more pervasive in our lives and relationships," Levine said in the Fast Company story.

"Here's the scary thing. If five to ten thousand people used BreakupText on the web, and even half a percent used it seriously, that's like a couple people who may have actually used it," he added.

The app is available on iTunes for $0.99.

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