Online dating giant PlentyOfFish surveyed 2,000 active users to try and pin down the top five dating trends we'll likely be faced with (read: haunted by) in 2018 and, well, things are not looking good. Ghostbusting and Fauxbae’ing are now a thing and, frankly, we're not sure what to think anymore.
Remember the good ol' days when you didn't have to turn to Google to help explain your date's strange behavior? Well, those days are gone. And they ain't coming back. 2018 is gearing up to be yet another year filled with questionable trends and PoF has gotten a head start on the whole thing by predicting the top five slang terms we'll surely be hearing over and over again in the months to come. Brace yourself (and maybe grab a drink) because here we go...
- Flexting (/fle-ks-t-ing/): "I ran a full marathon and rescued a kitten from a tree yesterday, AT THE SAME TIME." That's what flexting looks like and if it sounds familiar, you may want to rethink your strategy. Non-stop boasting about how amazing you are before meeting your date IRL is not a good look, but it is common. 63% of women and 38% of men said they've been subjected to flexting first-hand.
- Cricketing (/krik-it-ing/): *refresh* *refresh* Maybe that 'read' notification is a mistake and they didn't actually read the message? No. They definitely read it and they're keeping you hangin' for way too long on purpose. Don't worry: You're not alone. 67% of singles said they've patiently waited for a response that came WAY late. Like, a week late.
- Ghostbusting (/ghost-bugst-ing/): No, this has nothing to do with the terrible “Ghostbusters” remake. Instead, it refers to an individual who will NOT stop texting you, even though you're clearly trying to ghost them. How rude. 38% of singles said they've met a ghostbuster.
- Serendipidating (/ser-uh n-dip-i-deyt-ing/): Some folks are all about fate and serendipity. So much so that they'll put off making a date with you, just in case someone better comes along. 30% of singles admitted to being guilty of this behavior and there's nothing serendipitous about that. TAKE A CHANCE! Hmph.
- Fauxbae’ing (/foh-bey-ing/): Don't have a bae, but really wish you did? You could... make one up. Just what fauxbae’ing entails, it ensures that all of your social accounts give off the impression that you do indeed have a bae when all you have is your cat. 19% of single men said they've experienced an ex trying to make them jealous with #fakenews. Yup.