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Here Are the 6 Different Types of Ghosting

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Fact: the Eskimos have 50 words for snow, and Millennials have 50 words for ghosting. Being ghosted feels awful, and there’s more than one way to do it. A f*ckboi has a whole palate of colors to chose from when acting sucky, elevating him into a f*ckartist. Here are all the different ways you can get ghosted.


A good ol’ fashion ghosting-style ghosting is when someone seems interested in you, and then they just drop you like you’re hot. They don’t return any of your texts. They don’t call you. And they definitely don’t try to use Whoopi Goldberg’s body to try to contact you like in the movie Ghost. There’s nothing. Nada. Zilch. It’s almost like they’re dead (hence the term “ghosting”). Maybe it would be easier if they actually were dead?

Slow Fade

The Slow Fade is when, instead of being full-on ghosted, the other person makes less and less of an effort to see you. Like the photo of Marty McFly in Back to the Future, you are being faded out of existence. It’s slower, more painful, and less humane than ghosting. At least with ghosting you know where you stand (once you’ve figured out that the person has ghosted you).


The word Zombieing sounds scarier than Ghosting, and maybe it is? When you’re getting zombied, the other person will ghost you, then come back into your life and try to start things again. Probably so they can just ghost you for a second — or third or fourth — time. The living dead can keep on going forever with this whole “not making up their mind about whether they like you or not” thing.


Submarining is when you get ghosted, but then the person pops back into your life as if they didn’t ghost you. They just pick up where they left off, no matter how much time has gone by. Yeah, it sounds a lot like Zombieing, but trust us. It’s different. There are a lot of nuances in all the ghosting variations. When someone Submarines you, they don’t acknowledge their absence. Submarining is the sh*tty behavior du jour, so if someone finally responds to your text from four and a half years ago, they’re being a jerk, but at least they’re being a jerk who’s on trend.


Haunting is when the person ghosts you, but then still likes your stuff on social media. They don’t try to reach out to you in any way shape or form. But every now and then you’ll get the notification, “So-and-So has liked your status.” Mixed signals, much? Why would they like your photo of your dog wearing sunglasses if they don’t like you??? That’s a mystery that might never be solved.


Breadcrumbing is similar to Haunting. But again, modern dating trends are all about the subtle nuances in garbage person behavior. When someone is Breadcrumbing you, they’ll like your stuff of social media as a way of keeping you interested. You know, just in case they decide to stop being lame one day. Get the difference? No? Neither do we!

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