50 Ways…

Bitmoji sweeping

Getting the brush-off of olde has many synonyms in modern (internet) dating. There’s ghosted, of course (which is also the title of my soon to be completed novel), and this means abruptly disappearing, when someone vanishes like a ghost. 👻 It can even happen in the middle of a chat!

Sometimes you get benched. That’s when you believe Mr. Potential could still be interested because he occasionally texts and/or “likes” your social media posts, but he is never actually able to make plans to meet (also a red flag for a married person who is just flirting to waste your time). This is also known as breadcrumbing.

Bitmoji birds

Next we have orbiting and haunting. This is when someone hovers around but isn’t interested in getting together. They don’t text, but you know they’re reading your posts. If this happens before you’ve met, it’s orbiting. If it happens after they’ve ghosted you, it’s haunting.

You’ve probably heard of catfishing, which is when someone assumes a new identity to start a relationship. They may have a specific target in mind, or simply hope to reel in any good catch. Obviously, they will come up with a raft of excuses why they can’t meet in person. Sometimes they’ll also refuse to speak on the phone ~ maybe because they aren’t the gender they have presented.

Bitmoji fishing

Do you know what cuffing season is? No, not BSDM! It’s when it’s cold outside, baby, and people need someone to snuggle. They’ll drop their dating requirements and take anyone available. But beware when it warms up! April showers may lead to haunted flowers…

Finally, we have paperclipping. This is when an ex pops up to say hi and mess with your head. Go away and stay away!

Bitmoji over it door


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14 responses to “50 Ways…

  1. Your so right on these. Problem is trying to spot them.

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  2. I learned some new words!


  3. I think that your new book will be interesting, because you have so many stories about dating.


  4. Ugh! So glad I retired from dating years ago.

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  5. Your description of cuffing season reminds me of Drew Carey’s description of a winter car: just something to get you through winter that you discard when spring arrives….

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  6. I’ve been through all of those and more probably. One BIG reason I shut the door on all the b.s. permanently. I admire those who still have the idealism to be open to ‘Mr Perfect’ if he drops into their laps (lives), but for me? Eh. Too much freakin’ work. And I have enough paperclips, and so forth to last me the rest of my life…plus Ziggy doesn’t hog the covers. Much. *snicker*

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  7. I learned a lot of new terms here. Some of these sound close to stalking, but as long as it’s virtual, I’m not too worried.

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