At least with apps making improvements, there are fewer things for us to worry about.
But why do people ghost in the first place?
Previously speaking to Indy100, sociologist and certified sexologist, sexuality and relationships expert Sarah Melancon, Ph.D said: “When we’re first dating someone new, they like us! We like them! It can feel very exciting.”
“At this stage, it’s easy to fall ‘in love’ with our fantasy of who the other person is, since we don’t know them very well.
“That excitement, however, fades as we get to know someone better, and fantasy is slowly replaced by reality.
“On average, women tend to be more emotionally intelligent than men, meaning men may get swept up in the excitement and fantasy more easily than women.”
Thus, “as the excitement fades, there isn’t much left to sustain, because on his end, it probably wasn’t as deep and meaningful of a connection as he may have thought.”
Beyond ghosting, there is a whole dictionary worth of dating trends singletons need to be aware of.
Alongside regular ghosting, there’s a new phenomenon called “soft ghosting”. This refers to when the ghoster may occasionally pop up, perhaps to like an Instagram post, but they’ll offer no genuine attempt at communication.
Stylist hits the nail on the head when writer Megan Murray pens: “Before online dating was a thing, our parents called this being strung along.”
And nobody has time for that - so maybe give “hard balling” a go when you next match with someone on an app…