Lots of new dating lingo – and we’ll just credit (blame) the millennials for it.
Here are five that caught my attention:
- Breadcrumbing: when someone sends flirtatious text messages, comments, or likes on social media but they’re just leading you on, nothing ever comes of it.
- Ghosting: not new but still one of the biggest trends on the dating scene. 78% of millennials admit to being ghosted. It means someone they’ve been seeing suddenly disappears and they can’t reach them for days or weeks. They might reappear randomly but with no explanation as to where they’ve been.
- Micro-cheating: small flirtations with someone you’re attracted to that you keep secret from your partner. Nothing serious may be happening but deception is involved.
- Love-bombing: instant chemistry, love at first sight, all too much, too fast. Fun but unrealistic and generally doesn’t end well. Love-bombing is practiced by those who are in love with love, as opposed to in love with you specifically.
- Benching: after a few dates, they’re no longer asking you out. They stay in touch (you’re not being ghosted) but they’re hoping there’s someone better out there.
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