The rate at which ghosting is happening right now is astounding

The rate at which ghosting is happening right now is astounding

SexApril 06, 2016 By Brian Frederick

Ghosting, the act of going completely AWOL from someone after a few dates to signify the end of the relationship — acquaintance or otherwise — is quickly becoming the go-to means of a separation for anyone under 30. It's more common than one might think.

According to a recent survey performed by the dating site PlentyOfFish, some 80 percent of adults between the ages of 18 and 33 have been ghosted at least once in their lives. While there isn't any specifics on who it happens to more (men, women or otherwise), it's safe to say, at that high of a response rate, it's happening to most everyone. 

It may be a pretty shitty thing to do, but in the age of instant gratification, it makes sense that younger generations are taking to the "band-aid effect" of breaking things off rather than allowing it to fester for weeks on end until everyone hates one another. Besides, the chances of seeing someone you found on Tinder in the mess of a large city is rare, especially if your social circles aren't Ven-Diagramming in any substantial way — so ignoring someone completely is just that much easier. Sure, it's a little bit cowardly lion to do so, but if 80 percent of people are having it happen to them, it's likely happening on more of a normal spectrum than anyone is willing to admit.

Besides, there's not much else to look forward to if you're going to lock down that strange for a long-term relationship. Except for having possessed toddlers. There's always that ...