4 Millennial Dating Trends That Suck & Need to Die

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Millennials, we’re really great, but we also really suck. In particular, our dating habits suck. Here are, “4 Millennial Dating Trends That Suck & Need to Die.” 

Featuring some stock photos that nearly suck as bad as how we treat our fellow human beings.


“The act of suddenly ceasing all communication with someone the subject is dating, but no longer wishes to date. This is done in hopes that the ghostee will just “get the hint” and leave the subject alone, as opposed to the subject simply telling them he/she is no longer interested.”

Millennial Dating Trends
Waiting for the call that will never come like….

Nothing is more confusing, disrespectful,  or rampant in modern millennial dating than dating a person who all of a sudden stops making plans with you or stops texting you back. Did they have to go into witness protection for some unknown reason? Did they get into a car accident and get into a telenovela-style coma- who knows, because they don’t have the common decency or maturity to just tell you, “Look, you’re a really great girl, but I just don’t see things working out because (insert some lame reason).” If you don’t have the cojones to tell someone you’re just not feeling it anymore, you honestly should hold off on dating until you’re able to grow a pair (physically and/or emotionally speaking).


“A variation of ghosting, in which the ghoster continues indirect contact with the ghosted by liking and faveing his or her social media content.” 

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The “wtf” face you make when that douche likes your Instagram photo…

Oh, the mental anguish and anger that bubbles up knowing a person can view every single one of your Snapchat stories, but can’t text you back. If you apparently don’t want someone in your life, then why continue to stalk them on social media, or even have them on social media at all? A mature adult would cut all ties, because like, science says people who stay friends with their exes are psychopaths.

Benching and/or Breadcrumbing

“Benching is when you start dating someone you think is nice and who has potential, but you’re not crazy about them. You don’t know whether to keep dating them or dump them and move on to the next one. This is where benching happens; instead of going for either of the above-polarized options, you put your date in your mental ‘maybe’ folder and ‘bench them’ so you date around to see what else is out there.”

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You deserve to be someone’s star player that can be involved in a sex scandal and get off scott-free


You know you’ve been benched instead of ghosted when the said offender will text you once a week to every other week to “just talk” or “catch up.” You have no idea what their intentions are with you anymore, but you can’t justify asking them, “Wtf is up with you/us??” because the argument of “You went from texting me every day and hanging out with me a few times a week to only hitting me up once a week” will elicit a response of “You’re crazy. I just needed space.” The act of just dropping emotional breadcrumbs every now and then instead of letting someone get on with their lives and find someone who will make them a varsity player is pretty sadistic if you think about it.


“A relationship that has no label on it.. like a friendship but more than a friendship but not quite a relationship.” 

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You and your crush when you finally admit you have feelings for each other.

If there were a dating tend to personify millennial dating, it would be the “situationship.” We’re too damn scared to admit that we actually might have feelings or a soul, so we tip-toe around the issue of “what are we?” Just admit it, you’d like to be able to call the guy you’ve been having “casual” sex and spending every spare second of your free time with for months your boyfriend and make things Facebook official. It’s okay to want those things, and it’s okay to want commitment.

What’s your least favorite millennial dating trend? Have any crazy stories you want to share? Let us know in the comments!

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17 thoughts on “4 Millennial Dating Trends That Suck & Need to Die

  1. My husband and I have been together so long which I’m extremely grateful for because I don’t think I could keep up with dating in this day and age!

  2. I went on a Twitter rant yesterday because I read something on facebook that said “Someday you’ll run into the guy who broke your heart at 19 in the grocery store and you’ll laugh because he’s bald at 35.” or something to that affect. I hate how much everyone “hates” their ex. Like, I get it, he was a jerk when you broke up. But unless he abused you or cheated on you in some way you don’t really have a right to hate him. Heartbreak hurts, but hate will make you bitter.

    1. I personally don’t think we have the right to judge anyone for their feelings because we don’t know what really happened. I can genuinely say the thought of my ex makes me ill because I put up with three years of psychological and emotional abuse that no one knew about. I’m sure a lot of people could say I was bitter, but unless they are my close friend, they really have no idea what happened.

  3. Ghosting is the worst thing you could do to someone on a date! I haven’t heard of the others – so crazy!

  4. Is it weird that I haven’t heard of any of these?? I wonder if it’s because I have been in a relationship for the past four years.. haha. I always told my boyfriend though that dating now a days would be SO hard because of social media / how things changed / trends like these!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  5. These are so funny to me. My Fiancé and I started dating when we were 18, long before the social dating apps were a huge thing. I had no idea what any of these terms meant and definitely never did any of them. I think it’s so important to just be straightforward with whoever you are dating!

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