They may be talking to many people online, just for the buzz.But they never want to meet in real life.” The New York Times calls it “a cousin of the ‘friend zone,’” said Rachel Simmons, an author and leadership coach at Smith College.
You get a little ego boost, flirt a bit," she says.
"There's also a certain amount of paranoia that once you've chatted online so much, you're not going to be as chatty in person." Stylist Vincente Ben finds himself flirting and sexting with guys on the dating app Daddyhunt, and often decides not to take these conversations beyond the online realm.
Today, the Merriam-Webster online dictionary added the term “ghosting” among 1,000 other “new” words that creep into our collective vernacular.
According to the dictionary, ghosting is the “phenomenon of leaving a relationship of some kind by abruptly ending all contact with the other person, and especially electronic contact, like texts, emails, and chats.” However, “breadcrumbing,” is far more savage and well, annoying.
Now though, there are terms to help you decipher those age old dating issues within a modern-day context (cue reading back through old texts to analyse what the subtext of that five-word text is).