Breaking up in the 21st century is hard. Social media can be a constant reminder of past relationships and the opportunity to reach out to your ex is almost too easy when you’ve got their phone number.
TikTok has already shared a clever hack to stop yourself from reaching out to your ex, but the flip side is dealing with an ex who won’t leave you alone. Luckily Gage Anderson shared an easy trick that takes seconds and can deter your ex from texting you ever again.
“How to get someone to stop texting you,” Anderson captioned the video.
To prevent further emotionally manipulative messages, Anderson suggests pretending that there’s a “service error” — implying to the other person that you’ve either changed your number or blocked them.
“Service error 305: message delivery failed. Further messages will be charged to your account,” Anderson texts.
A lot of commenters complained that the illusion would be ruined if your ex still had the text conversation open because they’d see you typing, but Anderson has a hack to go around that too.
“The best way to do it would be copy and paste,” he said in the comments.
“Ouch. That’s cold,” one person replied.
“But effective,” Anderson commented back.
As clever as the hack is, several TikTok followers contemplated whether you should be open to giving someone a second chance or just flat out blocking their number.
“How do you know someone’s changed if you don’t give them a second chance?” a very romantic TikTok user asked.
“I mean there’s a block feature for a reason,” someone said.
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