Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and love is in the air! If one of your New Year’s Resolutions was to get out on the dating scene, there is no stopping you, but let’s face it, dating is hard. Technology has also played a huge impact on the dating scene, but the latest dating terms can help us identify the struggles of millennials.
When you see dating potential in someone, but you’re just not that into them. You don’t officially date them, but you haven’t dumped them yet; so you bench the as alternative to choosing.
This technique isn’t just Hansel and Gretel. Breadcrumbing is when someone you’re crushing on gives you attention here and there just to keep you interested.
Inspired by the cute cartoon, caspering is a friendly ghoster, who is rejecting you in a (slightly) kinder approach.
Ever made a joke that no one laughed at? This isn’t that. Cricketing, in dating terms, means leaving someone on “read” longer than necessary.
The worse version of benching, cushioning is when someone in a long-term relationship has a “safety cushion” in case things go sour.
Quicksand is big problem in cartoons, but in reality, dicksand is way more terrifying. Dicksand is when you’re too into the guys you’re seeing and you forget about yourself.
When someone is faking having a partner on Instagram, they’re fauxbae’ing. Reminds us not to believe everything we see on social media.
Flexting can be defined as either flirting over text or as boasting before meeting in person to the point of borderline catfishing.
Finally, a positive one. Inspired by “Thank U, Next,” Grandeing is when you don’t wallow for months after a breakup and instead enjoy your newfound freedom.
Kittenfishing is the less extreme version of catfishing, but it’s not much better. When you kittenfish, you use outdated photos or create a false image of your height, age, career, etc.
Beware of a new partner dousing you in affection and extravagances, because they might be love bombing you. This can be positive, but be on the lookout for signs of a narcissist, who love using this technique to control you.
Similar to swinging from branch to branch, monkeying is when someone bounces relationships, one right after the other.
This is what everyone dreads when speaking to…well, anyone: a meaningless conversation. There is no logic or interest — just a lot of dead ends.
Also known as haunting, orbiting is a ghoster still following you on social media accounts to see your stories, like your posts and generally still keep tabs on your existence even after they’ve ghosted you.
Generally used for men, peacocking means someone is flashy af. Whether it’s flaunting their possessions or performing chivalrous acts, a peacock doesn’t waste any efforts in strutting their stuff.
When you leave everything up to fate, you’re seredipidating. When you do this, you wait for a sign to break up or ask out someone, and you believe the grass is greener on the other side.
The rising beard trend should have some men sweating. Shaveducking is when you don’t know if you’re attracted to a man or his facial hair.
If you haven’t met any of their friends, family or even a coworker, you might be stashed by the person you’re seeing.
Different from ghosting, zombieing is when someone disappears out of your life like a ghost but suddenly comes back.
Well, there are some of the latest dating terms. Don’t be afraid to get out, but use the knowledge to make sure you end up in the best relationship possible. Good luck, lovers!