What Is Breadcrumbing? Welcome To Another Dating Nightmare

Great. There's another level of mind games going on. 

There’s “ghosting” and now there’s “breadcrumbing.”

This covers the group of daters who fall between smothering you and disappearing from the face of the Earth. They’re called breadcrumbers.

First they take you out, maybe once, maybe twice. Next, they won’t text regularly, but they will keep you somewhere in the rotation. In order to keep you interested, they will throw little nuggets your may, and maybe you’ll bite. Then they go away for a while, and then they drop a morsel again, like, three weeks down the road. You are constantly in limbo. 

Their form of contact can be anything from a random text to a like on your Instagram page or your Facebook update. 

“The worst type of breadcrumber is the one who resurfaces every six months, and like the Loch Ness monster, you almost can’t believe this creature has come back into your life,” Alicia Winokur, a recent graduate of Mount Holyoke College, told the The New York Times. “But there he is, saying, ‘Hey, I was just thinking about you.’”

“The person on the receiving end may believe that they are at fault and unnecessarily question what they have said or done. They may also become reluctant to form romantic relationships or be less trusting.”

Experts say that if you aren’t comfortable with the amount of contact, or you are left wanting more, look elsewhere. 

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