Online dating and social media have ushered us into an era of unprecedented availability. At first, we feel giddy with possibility. This is not accidental: Many social platforms, including dating apps, were developed for us to get high off abundance by injecting into us a continuous stream of tiny dopamine doses matches! But dating apps have more or less normalized the act of ghosting the strangers we chat with or meet on the internet. And while we all know that ghosting has become a kind of modus operandi for those who mediate much of their human interaction through technology, we have yet to truly grapple with the void that ghosting leaves unfilled.
Ghosting: why it hurts and what you can do about it
What is ghosting and what does it mean when someone ghosts you? The dating term explained
Say it with me now: The real culprits haunting the souls of singles everywhere are those pleebs on your Tinder, Bumble, Hinge, etc. The good thing? Dating apps are taking a stand to actually, legitimately do something about this frustrating phenomenon. Recently, dating app Hinge deployed an anti-ghosting initiative to end this trash behavior for good. First, it allows two matched members to privately confirm if they actually ever physically left their homes to meet each other in person for a first date.
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From there, you either move to WhatsApp or iMessage, arrange to meet up, or one or both of you disappears because there wasn't enough spark there to bother continuing. Frequently, it is the last one—a dead end. That—for those who need walking through it—is called "a conversation ending.
Please refresh the page and retry. D ating apps are cracking down on 'ghosting', as the practice of ignoring a potential partner after speaking to or going on a date with them is causing would-be romantics to delete their accounts. As finding partners using apps becomes more popular, 'ghosting' is on the rise, as having seemingly infinite options makes it feel as though people are disposable, experts have said. The app Bumble is trying to eliminate the behaviour altogether, by sending prompts to people who have not replied to messages, urging them to either politely end the conversation or continue it.