Terms for dating

They’rekeeping their options open and are probably dating multiple people at once.– Bread-crumbing: Similar to benching, there’s more communication than actual in-person interaction.

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– Amatonormativity: Coined by a philosophy professor, this term describes the assumption that every single person wants to be in a monogamous romantic relationship – and would automatically be better off in one.

It’s like heternormativity, but instead of using it to identify when heterosexuality is seen as the default sexual orientation, you can use it whenever your best friend is pushing you to go out with someone you weren’t that excited about, by saying: "Stop being so amatonormative." – Benching: This is what happens when, as New York Magazine puts it, someone puts a romantic prospect "on the roster but not in play."They might bench you by agreeing to a date, only to reschedule – maybe even several times.

Have someone in your life who won’t stop texting but won’t make plans to actually meet up? Here are some terms you might hear in conversation among singles, within pop culture or in news coverage.

Dating in 2017 practically requires its own phrase book.

– Slide into his/her DMs: When someone attempts to flirt on Twitter by sending a direct message (DM) to someone they don’t know.

"Part of the problem is that DM slides are most often reserved for strangers or distant acquaintances," reports Men’s Fitness, which includes a handy chart to help you decide whether the DM slide is a risk worth taking.

– Stealthing: When a man removes his condom during sex, without his partner’s consent.

When Alexandra Brodsky was a Yale law student, she researched stealthing and found that the practice was "widespread" among young, sexually active people, although her data was purely anecdotal.

"Sliding into her DMs should always be a last resort," the magazine advises.

– Slow fade: Not quite ghosting, this is when someone gradually backs away but doesn’t explicitly cut things off.

Ghosting can happen when you’ve only been out a few times or even when things are serious.

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