When I was in the depths of the dating trenches, I always felt like ghosting got a bad rap.
Yes, it wasn't the perfect way to handle a situation, but it was time-efficient, and a girl boss like myself only has so many hours in the day - I have people's Instagrams I went to high school with to look at and online carts to fill up and not checkout.
Ghosting saved me from getting abused via text.
I didn't want to explain I didn't see a future with someone who believed stolen street signs were bedroom wall decor.
Of course, then I got ghosted, and it really changed how I felt about it.
Yes, I tasted my own medicine, and... yuck!
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Ghosting is when instead of giving someone an explanation as to why you would no longer like to keep dating them, you just disappear - you become a ghost.
For me, ghosting became like a bad habit.
It was simply easier, like buying your morning coffee instead of making it.
Before you judge me, please try to remember it's pretty wild out there in the modern dating world. It's not like men are behaving like Mr Darcy in Pride And prejudice; instead, they act like the male leads in Euphoria but with credit cards and worse personal style.
I wasn't always a ghoster. But I had a few experiences after I'd sent what I believed was a kind and thoughtful text to explain I didn't want to pursue a romantic relationship further. I thought they were kind, thoughtful explanations, but my recipients obviously did not.
I’d text something along the lines of, "Hey, you are utterly wonderful, but I just think long-term this wouldn't be right for me. So I won't be selfish and keep you to myself! Best of luck with everything." And that would often be met with, "you aren't that hot anyway," or "you're too fat to be my girlfriend".