Online dating has become one of the most popular ways to meet new people, especially now it’s not as easy to go out and about
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.
In 2018, a study published in the Journal of Social and Personal relationships found that about a quarter of those who took part in the study had been ghosted by a partner Photo: Shutterstock
The same study in the Journal of Social and Personal relationships in 2018 found that one fifth of participants had ghosted someone themselves Photo: Shutterstock
The term ‘ghosting’ was officially added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary in 2017, and is defined as, “The act or practice of abruptly cutting off all contact with someone (such as a former romantic partner) by no longer accepting or responding to phone calls, instant messages, etc.” Photo: Shutterstock
Merriam-Webster dictionary acknowledged that the used of the word ghosting in this sense has been tracked back to 2006, when people would set their instant messaging statuses to ‘invisible’ and ignore texts and phone calls Photo: Shutterstock
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 Photo: Shutterstock
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 Photo: Shutterstock