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The reality of relationship ghosting

Dating has its challenges anywhere in the world, but New York City is known to be a tough landscape for finding your match. Hannah*, 36, an Australian living — and dating — in New York was recently ghosted by a man she clicked with.

“I met him on a dating app and we went for a socially distanced picnic date in the park,” says Hannah. “Everything went really well and we made plans to see each other again. We spent the whole week texting daily in the lead-up to our second date, which was also to be drinks in the park. Again, our conversation flowed naturally and we parted with ‘Speak to you soon.’ And then I never heard from him again.”

It’s not an uncommon scenario, with silence filling the space where communication used to be. There is no break-up text, no “It’s not you, it’s me” nor vague platitudes of not wanting to be in a relationship, explanations of being double-booked or even just not wanting to follow through with plans.

And unfortunately ghosting, especially prevalent in the online dating world, is here to stay. “We are really spoilt for choice when it comes to

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