Are you in a situation where it feels like the person you're dating (or want to date) is stringing you along? You might be exactly right.
Just when Merriam-Webster added a definition for 'ghosting' to its dictionaries, there's a new term millennials are using in the dating world that needs to be broken down: breadcrumbing. A fate that's apparently way worse than the object of your affection disappearing on a whim.
So, what is it exactly? The act of breadcrumbing is when someone gives you just enough attention to make it look like they're still interested ... when actually all hope is lost, according to Bustle. For example, random texts asking 'how are you?' from the person you're interested in or any type of once-monthly/bi-weekly type of communication that keeps you wanting more.
While this behavior has been around for as long as we can remember, people calling it 'breadcrumbing' is something new entirely. It even started getting an increasing number of mentions on Twitter earlier this year as the phrase caught on and more and more people realized that they had fallen victim to it.
I love how #Breadcrumbing becomes a thing literally right after someone did it to me
— MikeyWhiskeyHands (@bleedingblueboy) February 5, 2017
— Margo Ensz (@margoensz) January 30, 2017
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So, what can you do to prevent being a victim of breadcrumbing? Now that you know what it is—don't let it happen to you. If someone appears to be trying to walk out of your life ... let them walk ... and don't follow those breadcrumbs they're leaving behind.