Though it may seem like a new phenomenon, “ghosting” is quite possibly the most earth-shattering way to break up with someone and has become a huge part of our growing culture. Regarded as a way of cutting off all communication with an individual without any valid explanation, ghosting is not only the most disrespectful and pusillanimous way to get out of a relationship, but sadly the worst and fastest way millennials break up in the 21st century.
With the integration of social media and the profiles we build online, ghosting is a behavior heavily driven by technology and convenience, making it harder for one to understand or come to terms with. It brings along anxiety, low self-esteem, and severe mental pain. In a study from the 1980s, it was discovered when one person ends a relationship through avoidance, it is likely to generate anger and hurt for the recipient. However, unexpectedly, it affects the ghost with long-term repercussions as the recipient often confronts the ghost, creating an awkward and uncontrollable situation.