However, one downside to online dating is running the risk of being ghosted - when the person you were talking to (and thought things were going well with) suddenly disappears and you never hear from them again. According to new research from Thortful, these are the names most likely to ghost you.
A 2019 BuzzFeed survey found that 81 per cent of people ghosted someone because they weren’t into them, 64 per cent of people ghosted someone because they did something they disliked, and 45 per cent of people ghosted someone because they were in a bad emotional place
Ghosting has become so prevalent in online dating that dating app Hinge implemented an anti-ghosting feature on its app in 2018, which encourages users to message a match if messaging suddenly stops
Traditional ghosting usually sees a person suddenly stop replying to messages, whereas a new style of ghosting called “soft ghosting” has also started to become more common. In this situation, the ‘ghoster’ continues to like posts on Facebook or Instagram, but does not message back
If you’re thinking about ghosting someone, Bumble says you should let the person know that you’re not feeling the connection in a friendly way, rather than going with the silent treatment. Even writing something as simple as, “Hey, it was nice hanging out with you but I’m not feeling a romantic connection - I’d love to be friends though if that’s cool with you,” would work.