“Face it, don’t Facebook it”: one of the best advices the teens of Boston received on the issue and deals of break-up. At the Second Annual Break-Up Summit organised by Boston Public Health Commission’s Start Strong initiative in partnership with the Northeastern University, the teens all over the campus discussed about the varied way in which teens could end relationships peacefully and healthily. Communicating with your partner in person is much better than texting him or her (on any social site) while breaking up.
It was the change in the dating culture that Casey Corcoran (Director of Start Smart Initiative) attempted to make. Too many teens tend to turn towards the internet after break-up and this destructive and traumatic nature needed change. It is important to know how the process works. Listening to stories of others’ break-ups, and sharing experiences and skills of coping up can help us deal with the trauma we go through. It is a coping method that provides relief and various suggestions to deal with the sadness and separation in a way which will be healthier for you and your partner. Corcoran says that if we want to be committed and engaged in a healthy relationship, we also should be able to engage and commit to healthy break-ups.
When questioned, many of the teens answered that the break-ups they or their friends had were either communicated by a friend or was done on social websites like Facebook, Twitter, or through some other indirect method. But the very useful and comfortable way to deal with it is meeting the partner in person and sorting things out. A conversation, indirect in manner, can lead to misunderstandings. Shan Mohammed, an associate professor in the Bouve College of Health Services, mentioned about the necessity of keeping yourself healthy in a healthy family and a healthy community, at the beginning of the Summit.