Four Sins of Online Dating

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The Internet has made dating accessible to everyone whenever and wherever they are. You can swipe through the candidate’s profiles during your morning commute, and reply to romantic messages while on lunch break. Wherever you go, your smartphone and dating apps remain with you. However, the wide choice delivered by technology has its downsides. 
 
The Net is the most common space where couples meet. Sites like Ladadate — russian brides allow you to connect to Slavic beauties dreaming of a genuine relationship. However, the abundance of dating apps often makes their users indifferent to the feelings of others. It seems that new terms for such shameful behavioral patterns keep emerging all the time. Here are four of them. 
 
1. Benching 
If you are playing baseball, keeping someone on the bench is an acceptable strategy. In dating, however, this is hardly excusable. This happens when, knowing you will never commit to a particular person, you keep them on hold, rather than dismiss. Meanwhile, you feel perfectly comfortable playing the field and dating several candidates at the same time.  
The trend is often explained as a byproduct of the modern swiping culture: dating apps supply so many candidates that choosing a partner feels like online shopping — another option is a swipe away. 
Psychologists have tried to justify the phenomenon, seeing it as a way to understand what a person is really looking for. However, for any victim appreciating monogamous dating, the emotional effects are crushing. 
 
2. Slow-fade 
This is simply cowardly behavior in a romantic prospect when someone gradually ceases to communicate with you, sometimes after weeks of dating. Considered offensive and even insulting, it is viewed even more negatively than ghosting. After all, the victim is left with the illusory hope of the person resuming communication.
 
Why do people act this way? On the one hand, it allows them to avoid unpleasant and difficult conversations. On the other hand, the guilt of ghosting is mitigated. Another human flaw explained by the consequences of swiping, it nevertheless questions the morality and empathy of the slow fader. 
 
3. Firedooring
As you probably know, fire doors can only be opened from one side. Therefore, the term firedooring in dating is applied situations when only one of the parties invests in a relationship, receiving nothing in return. 
 
For example, when you are head over heels in love, but your partner only opens your texts without replying, it is a bad sign. He/she may treat you well when you are together, but if you meet in public by chance, they act cold and distant. 
 
4. Breadcrumbing
In essence, this involves sporadically expressing romantic interest just to vanish and reappear later. The person may be sending flirtatious texts, but conversations never result in a date. Meanwhile, the victim could be hoping for a relationship. 
 
Why is it happening this way? It gives an easily achievable ego boost. There is no real effort invested, while your reaction makes the breadcrumber feel desired. Hardly a commendable tactic. 
 

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