Something awful dating game
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To understand the scene, you have to learn the lingo – and then you have to brace yourself. The whole concept of mooning probably makes you paranoid.
When someone moons you, they turn off the notifications for your messages because they DGAF about what you have to say right now. (The term refers to the half moon icon that appears when you stick your phone on Do Not Disturb.) You also have to worry about benching. This occurs when somebody’s keeping you on the back burner – or on the bench, more appropriately. It also usually involves one person who’s way more interested than the other one. He’s nice enough, you like hanging out with him, but you’re not into him that way.
You might get a chance to play in the game, but only if there are no other prospects. He is very into you, however, and so he tunes you through text messages – flirts or charms or otherwise tries to change the boundaries of your relationship by making you dig him. A laybe is someone who’s in a relationship, but not happy about it.
The language of love isn’t the same as it used to be, partly because very little of it has anything to with love. Gradually, the whole “relationship” just kind of fizzles.
Since so much of dating takes place through text, millennials have had to create our own code. The person you’re dating or talking to or interested in slowly becomes less and less available. You’ve basically broken off with no fuss, no muss, no fight. Ghosting is a more extreme form of the slow fade because it tends to happen faster if not all at once.