81% Of North Carolinians Have Fallen Victim To This Controversial Dating Trend
If you’re single and trying your hand at online dating you know the struggle is real. That’s putting it lightly. It’s pretty much hell out there. However, if it is any consolation most people in the game are facing the same struggles you are. One of the most annoying things with any dating these days, is “ghosting”. The Oxford Dictionary defines the term as “the practice of ending a personal relationship with someone by suddenly and without explanation withdrawing from all communication”. Sometimes this is before you’ve met up in person in the context of online dating and sometimes it’s after.
I’ll be the first to admit, though I’m not proud of it, I have ghosted someone before. One was a situation where we had met up in person, but something just felt off and I had to trust my gut so I went ahead and just blocked the number. In hindsight, I should have given the guy the courtesy of at least saying goodbye, but at the moment this felt right. I’d take it back if I could. I have been on both ends of the dating app and even text convo ghosting, but I don’t take much offense to that in all honesty. New research shared with us by Forbes Health determined that 81% of North Carolinians have been a victim of ghosting. And that’s not even close to the highest in the US.
In Rhode Island, 93% percent of people have been ghosted. I think it’s safe to say this trend is here to stay. South Carolina actually had one of the lowest rates of ghosting. So perhaps go a little farther south if you’re looking for something with commitment. According to Forbes, 28% of North Carolinians who have been ghosted are anxious to try dating again. If this was after an in-person relationship I can understand that. And 66% of survey respondents told Forbes they ghosted someone after only communicating via a dating app for a short time frame. However, 1 in 10 say that have ghosted someone after meeting their family. I will judge you in that instance. The top reason people ghosted another in NC, they were not invested enough to feel obligated to reply. Relatable.
Thanks to Forbes Health for sharing their research with us, you can read the full study on dating and mental health here.