Numerous think pieces written by people who probably aren’t millennials have branded our generation as unfocused, self-obsessed and naive. While that may ring true for some, there’s one thing that speaks to a majority of individuals born after 1981—ghosting.
For those not up to speed on that hip new word, the term refers to the practice of cutting off all communication with a person without any explanation. It means not responding to texts, ignoring phone calls, and even letting those Facebook pokes go unnoticed. Okay, that last part is pushing it.
But 80% of millennials have been on the receiving end of this harsh practice, Mashable reports. The revelation comes from a Plenty of Fish survey, which questioned 800 American and Canadian individuals between the ages of 18 and 33. As to why people do it, each person probably has their own reason. But this explanation from an anonymous user makes perfect sense.
"It's the fear of missing out on the thing, or person that is coming next. Because it's so easy to swipe or like new people, whatever's next could be better, and it's easier to just dip out. It may be a little mean, but we're dating; it's not like we're in a relationship," they said.