Updated: November 28, 2022
We are blessed to have technology that allows us to communicate with people who we would’ve never met had it not been for dating apps or social media. Having said that it can be hard to keep up with modern dating, especially if you’re quite new to it. We’ve created a helpful guide to help you navigate the dating world a little bit easier and it starts with learning more about these new and popular dating terms.
Benching has been around for decades, we just simply didn’t have a name for it until now. It means stringing someone along, even though you have no intention of dating them, simply because you don’t want them to move on and find someone much better.
It’s called breadcrumbing as it involves giving someone snippets of attention to keep them interested without ever committing to them. In simple terms, it works by sending flirty and endearing messages to someone over a length of time but never with the intention of it leading anywhere.
Another thing that’s been around for ages is cushioning. This is when you keep several romantic interests around because you’re too afraid to commit to just one person in case it doesn’t work out. So, if things do go south with one of the people you’re dating, then you’ll always have a backup option. Basically, you have a ‘cushion’ to fall back on.
This is when you end things with someone but you still catch them checking up on you; this is often through liking photos or posts on social media. They don’t usually try to communicate with you but they do try to keep track of your movement and what you’re up to. Sometimes, it’s hard to shake someone off completely when there are still reminders of their existence. Hence why they are haunting you!
Kittenfishing is about deceit, so it could be lying about your occupation or perhaps telling someone that you regularly play the guitar even though you don’t own one. Even though we all try to paint ourselves in the best light on dating apps, there’s a clear difference between slightly bending the truth and creating a fake profile. You don’t have to lie to make a great dating profile.
Submarining is when someone ghosts you but then reappears in your life after a long period of time and tries to pick up from where you left off. It’s a confusing move to the recipient because it makes you question whether they are still interested in you or not. This is not normal behavior, though, and it’s a telltale sign that they aren’t interested in a real romantic relationship. They’re probably just bored.
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