DATING in the 21st century is a minefield – and singletons have to put up with an ever-growing list of dating ‘trends’ that are ruining relationships up and down the country.
Seventy per cent of people are guilty of “phubbing” their partner off – ignoring them to look at their phones – while if you receive sporadic but suggestive text messages, it could be a sign that you’re getting “breadcrumbed”.
Then, for the insecure (or serial cheats) there’s “cushioning”, which is the practice of making sure you have some “insurance” on the side in case your relationship goes sour.
And who can forget the delightful trend of “ghosting”, when someone suddenly cuts all ties and communication with the person they’ve been seeing.
Now there’s five more brutal dating trends to get your head around.
Sharing tips to navigate these tricky new trends, dating expert Shannon Smith, of Plenty Of Fish, told Business Insider: “[They] can often be avoided by communicating clearly with someone we’re dating, and being mindful of our tech manners.”
This is when a man or women boasts about themselves online to impress their date.
It occurs before the first meeting and men tend to do it more than women.
Forty seven per cent of singletons have been ‘flexted’, according to Plenty Of Fish.
No, this is nothing to do with Freddie Flintoff.
Cricketing is when people deliberately leave a text message on ‘read’ for longer than is necessary.
It some cases it can take days (even weeks) for the other person to reply.
Ghostbusting is when a person continues to contact someone who is ignoring them.
Seventy eight per cent of singletons have been the victim of ghosting.
This means putting of a date in the hope something better comes along.
With apps such as Tinder it’s easy to meet other people – and lots of them.
Fauxbae’ing is when a singleton pretends to have a partner on social media.
People usually do it to try and make their ex jealous.