When a couple decides to spend time apart without actually breaking up. The duration of the break is decided at the time the break begins. During this time their is little or no communication, and the couple spends absolutely NO time together. It is considered rude and nosy to check on the other persons whereabouts or activities and neither person has the right to do so. "Breaks" are usually taken after a number of problems within the relationship become to serious for the couple to stay together. Instead of braking up it allows for the opportunity to sort things out and to think about the relationship with the possibility of getting back together. Sometimes breaks are used as an excuse for one person to date around without having to give up the other person. In some cases the parameters of the break are established in such a way that neither party is allowed to date or spend time with someone whom they are sexually attracted to. If the break doesn't include such a rule, then it is each person's option to date and ''see other people'' as they choose. If this is the case then neither person needs to account for their time or actions to the other person in relation to any part of the "break" even after the break is over. Essentially the idea of a "break" is to momentarily cut all communication that isn't absolutely necessary so there is time to think and decide what needs to happen next: brake up for good, or get back together.
John: I think that we need some time to think about things and decide what it is that we really want. We are miserable right now and maybe time can help us figure it out.
Jane: Ok, lets take a break then.
John: Ok. Do you wanna talk again in a month then?
Jane: Ya, I think that would be good. Maybe dating some other people would help us too. I mean don't get serious with anybody but just go out.
John: Ya thats a good idea. I'll call you in a month and then and we can see where we are.