Like double Maths on a Friday afternoon, getting ghosted is a part of the dating curriculum a lot of us have to endure. But what comes after Friday, people? That’s right. The weekend. Get through ghosting and reach the dating mecca with this survival guide: better self-knowledge and the ability to move on to happier times (*cough* more dates *cough*).
“I got ghosted”: What now
Firstly, did you, though? Maybe they’re just taking their sweet time getting back to you. While this is annoying and probably not something to tolerate as a regular thing, allow a few days to pass before climbing aboard the getting ghosted bus.
There are some signs, though, which might mean you want to shotgun that backseat. Being ghosted in a relationship might feel a little like this:
1. The regular essay texts are becoming shorter than the lyrics to Duck Sauce – Barbara Streisand
Look out for the one-hit-wonders; you’ll be able to see the change if you scroll back on the message thread. Gradually, the two-way banter has become broken by the dreaded ‘lol’, ‘cool’, and ‘k’. You’re the one trying to make all the plans, and they’re the one washing their hair that night, sorry.
2. They don’t answer the phone
Or, if they do, they’re somewhere they can’t talk / has bad reception. SORRY, YOU’RE BREAKING UP. In more ways than one, it would seem.
3. You’re running out of reasons to breathe life into chat staler than millennial bread
They’ve stopped making the effort. Talking has become like throwing a ball for your dog to catch, only you don’t have a dog, and dogs don’t have arms.