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The last thing you want is to be out of the loop when it comes to internet dating. We got you covered though. If you’re going to be in the online dating game, there are some things you must know. The most important being the terms used. It seems like there’s always a new phrase or term in the mix to describe what it’s like in the dating world. Here are some to start:

Aromantic: A rare but real feeling. The most significant hurdle for aromantic people is simply feeling left out and misunderstood by a culture for whom dating, love, and marriage are not the norm.

Benching: This is when you’re not into someone enough to commit to dating them, but you don’t want them to move on to someone else, so you string them along just to keep them waiting on the bench for you. The breadcrumbs are sparing the breadcrumber a confrontation.

Breadcrumbing: When you send flirty but non-committal messages to a person you’re not really interested in, but you don’t have the guts to break things off with them officially.

Cushioning: This one explains itself. It is the process of staying in contact with one or more romantic prospects as a backup in case things don’t go as planned with your main thing.

FireDooring: The dating version of the one-way fire door. On rare occasions, someone will contact you, but won’t respond if you attempt to get in touch.

Half-Night Stand: This is one that takes the traditional one night stand and cuts it in half, literally. Instead of spending the night, the late night guest leaves straight after moving furniture is over.

Haunting: It occurs when you think you have ended things with someone, but then you notice signs that they are still lurking in your social media feeds, etc.

KittenFishing: This is when you portray yourself in an unrealistic positive light in your online dating profiles. For example, listing “nurse” as your occupation when you’re really a first-year nursing student.

Situationship: A coined term from Black Twitter since 2014, a “situationship” is Facebook’s “It’s Complicated” relationship status come to life. This is basically a sexual relationship that stops short of constituting a serious relationship, but it’s not nothing either.


Have you ever used any of these terms? Let us know @theMRLshow!