Wow, this is really judgmental and shows a basic lack of understanding for human relations. Many, many people get stuck in the status quo or in relationships that aren't good because they don't know anything else or anything better.

A relationship not working out doesn't mean someone is "a placeholder." That's like saying that anything we do as we change and grow is "a placeholder." It just means that people change, relationships change, and that relationship was not working anymore.

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