Thanks to the smartphone, we can dump anyone without the social stress of explaining why. We simply tap "Block." That person no longer exists in our universe. And, as the saying goes, we move on.
I discovered the smartphone's power to dump efficiently when I was a relative newbie in a romance. One date and three long phone calls into the relationship I got the feeling this wasn't going to work. The relationship was too new to bother investing any energy into how to end it. So, I just tapped "block."
After that wonderful discovery, I have become fearless in reaching out to others in my little life. For about two months I had been experimenting with befriending a seemingly upbeat neighbor. Recently I was experiencing a less-than feeling after every encounter. You bet, tap "block." The end of that.
If only the tech developers could invent a "block" for human emotions. Yesterday I was on a roller-coaster. So much wasted energy. For that kind of app I would pay a king's ransom.