As online dating grows, why is ghosting on the rise as well? What are the effects?
Halloween is just a few days away – so what better time to talk about ghosts? Not the spooky kind that haunts your attic, but a year-round kind of ghost – a person who ends a relationship by ignoring the other person, without offering a clear explanation.
As online dating, dating apps, and other social technologies grow in popularity, so does the likelihood that someone gets ghosted after a few dates or even just a few text messages. Yet despite its frequent occurrence, little is known about why people ghost or the psychological effects of this social phenomenon.
Christina Leckfor is a doctoral student in the UGA Department of Psychology. Along with University of Mississippi researcher Natasha Wood, Leckfor found nearly two-thirds of participants have ghosted and have been ghosted. She sat down with WUGA’s River Gracey to talk about her research.