Slow fade, BDE and kittenfishing… bizarre millennial dating trends on the rise in 2018
FROM breadcrumbing to ghosting, the last couple of years have provided a whole host of dating terms.
But have you heard of “slow fade”, “BDE” or “kittenfishing”?
There’s a whole host of new dating terminologyGetty – Contributor
With the rise of modern dating comes a whole new catalogue of dating terminology.
From “benching” to “cushioning”, dating expert Debbie Rivers has revealed what they mean – and the warning signs to look out for.
“Some are not that new and have been around forever however there is a whole new way of acting in the online digital age,” Debbie told the Mail Online.
“The convenience of dating apps has given people more ways to behave badly and they all come with a name.”
Kittenfishing happens when a user enhances their appearanceGetty – Contributor
Similar to catfishing, this happens when someone enhances their appearance online.
Examples often include using deceptive photos or fibbing about their weight or height.
Debbie says this is common in men, who send 80 per cent of messages and are “frustrated” about not getting a response online.
Like ghosting, but not as brutal, slow fade happens when a relationship is going well, but the other person starts to back off.
It’s basically a slowed down version of ghosting (which is the more abrupt way of ending a relationship).
“They become less available, will send half-hearted messages though social media or texts and then stop seeing them altogether,” explains Debbie.
Slow fade is a lot like ghostingGetty – Contributor
Also known as “big d**k energy” a man with BDE is confident, charming and direct.
Debbie describes it as “confidence without cockiness… It’s like dating the bad boy but better… If a guy is direct and confident he is a clear winner”.
And no, you don’t need to have a big penis.
One of the most brutal types of behaviour, cushioning happens when someone is in a relationship but begins speaking to someone else on the side as a way to soften the blow, should their current relationship end.
Cushioning is pretty brutalGetty – Contributor
Benching happens when someone wants to keep their date on the side lines – like in football.
They’re not 100 per cent into the person, but want them as a back-up option.
“Think of a football game where a player is put on the bench while another person is in play, ready to be subbed back in,” explained Debbie.
The aftermath of ghosting, zombie-ing happens when a person ghosts their date or partner before reappearing as if nothing has happened.
Debbie says receiving a message online or even subtly liking social media posts is classic behaviour of a zombie-er.
Zombie-ing is the aftermath of ghostingGetty – Contributor
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