In case you needed more proof that the dating world is getting more brutal by the day, another horrible rejection trend is taking hold.
Practised by commitmentphobes of both genders, the technique is basically what ‘leading someone on’ looks like in 2017.
It works like this: the offender baits you with tempting little morsels of attention – an occasional text perhaps, or an out-of-the-blue comment on your profile picture. Always casual, always noncommittal, but just enough to make you think they could be interested.
And so you follow the crumbs down the garden path, gobbling up every last one until you arrive at a little flirtation, maybe even a full-blown fling.
Then they’re gone again. Until… yep, a few months/weeks later, another late-night double-tap on your Instagram post.
If we were to build a profile of the average breadcrumber, it would be: a person who always seems to be interested, but never actually available; a person whom you’ve dated, but who’s never actually organised a single date; or a person who dumped you but doesn’t actually want you to see other people.