If Your Ex Ever Texts ‘I’m Dating Someone Better Than You,’ Here Are Some Ideas To Ensure You Get The Last Laugh

If you’ve ever been in a relationship, then perhaps you’ve heard the phrase “all is fair in love and war.” Essentially it means that the rules of engagement are thrown out the window and anything’s fair game. With that in mind, it’s also no surprise that some relationships don’t have the happiest of endings.

A Reddit thread recently asked people how they’d reply if their ex messaged them and said, “I am dating someone better than you.” From real-life experiences to hypothetical responses, Reddit did not hold back and anything was fair game.

The Opposite Of Love Isn’t Hate, It’s Indifference

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If an ex texts you despite being in a new relationship, some Redditors say they’re either trying to make you jealous or are just spiteful. Some also point out that this type of text message could be indicative of one’s ex-partner claiming to be a lot happier than they actually are.

A person who is truly over a relationship won’t feel love nor hate toward their ex, they just simply won’t care anymore.

I Don’t Think Your Boyfriend Will Approve

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A few Redditors address the elephant in the room and ask why, then, if an ex is so happy with their life and new significant other, are they texting you?

Well this scenario actually happened to one commenter, and when their ex-girlfriend kept texting them despite being in a new relationship, they responded with, “I’m sure (boyfriend) wouldn’t like to hear about you texting me,” and the plan worked.

It’s The Best Medicine

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No matter how we’re feeling, humor is something that always lifts our spirits. Some Redditors say that if their ex texted them with “I am dating someone better than you,” they wouldn’t fight fire with fire, but with laughter.

“Thank you for contacting us. We’ve been trying to reach you about your car’s extended warranty,” writes one jokester.

Salt In The Wound

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Ignoring the ex-girlfriend or boyfriend was one of the most popular methods on this thread. Whether because users blocked their ex’s phone number or had moved on, people realize that sometimes simply doing nothing is the best answer.

“You know they are dying for a response, and not giving it to them kills them. They wonder if they’ve been blocked, if you’re ignoring them, etc.”

Revenge Is A Dish Best Served On “Read”

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Ghosting and blocking were popular methods for how people would reply, but this user had one more trick up her digital sleeve.

The Redditor explains that this exact scenario actually happened to her. At the time of the breakup, she and her ex decided to go no contact, but months later she received a text from him saying, “hello beautiful, I miss you.” This cycle repeated multiple times, but she never answered back. The reason she never blocked her ex-boyfriend was that she thought, if “[she] left him on read many times, that should sting.”

Demanding Attention

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Unfortunately, some breakups are just messy and unsalvagable. It can be hard to know when to pull the plug on a relationship, and some Redditors say that if a person were to receive this type of text message, the best thing is to move on with life and use it as a learning experience.

“Do not say a darn thing,” notes one commenter. “He or she is texting you for attention and clearly you still mean something to them. The immaturity and pettiness though should be enough of a reminder why they are now your ex.”

Sometimes It’s Better To Be Alone

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Nothing positive can come from being in an unhappy relationship, and some Redditors say that sometimes, it’s just better to be alone. If an ex messaged them out of the blue, they’d reply, “I’m dating no one and that is still better than you.”

Another user adds that it actually did happen to them, writing, “My ex did and I said, ‘Send her my condolences.’ I’ve run out of f***s to give for that garden gnome.”

“Who Are You?”

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Once again, memes are coming to the rescue.

Redditors also suggest that if their ex messaged them, they’d pretend not to know them and ask “Who’s this?” or “New phone, who dis?” Not only because it’s efficient at getting people to leave you alone, but also because it references a beloved internet meme.

Without A Trace

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For other commenters, this scenario would never happen in the first place. They say that after a breakup, they would have blocked their ex’s phone number and social media accounts, essentially disappearing.

“Cut them out of your life. Block number, social media, delete everything, and burn physical evidence.”

Role Play

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So how would you react if your ex texted you out of the blue one day and said, I am dating someone better than you? Would you fire back with a cleverly crafted insult, troll them, or just ignore them completely?

Let us know in the comments!