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5 Signs You're Being "Slow Ghosted" Before the New Year

New year new… bae?

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It wouldn’t be the end of the year if we didn’t give you one last toxic dating trend breakdown and this one is not for the faint of heart. If your new-ish boo is acting strange before the new year rings in, they just might be slow ghosting you. Here’s what this means.

Why people slow ghost:

Slow ghosting refers to the “slow fade” or the gradual pulling back when getting to know someone. This usually occurs when someone is avoiding ending the dynamic directly, due to fears of hurting someone’s feelings, wanting to keep you in their back pocket, simply not giving a f-ck or anything you can’t decipher because they haven’t communicated it.

When dating, it’s natural to realize that someone you thought was a good fit, just isn’t. However, what’s important is how you handle these situations.

How to handle being slow ghosted:

The best way to handle a slow ghost is to address the issue head on. Schedule a time to chat and ask them how they feel about the dynamic. If you’re still unsure, here are a few signs.

Here are the signs of slow ghosting:

1. Conversations feel dry or short, leaving no opportunity to continue the conversation.

2. You’re always the one initiating conversation.

3. Any once “consistent” acts like good morning and night texts are nonexistent.

4. They avoid having deep conversations with you and change the subject if you attempt to dive deeper.

In other news, visit our sex and dating advice column: Ask a (S)expert.

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