Obviously, being in a relationship is hard work. Unfortunately, the newest dating trend of micro-cheating may make it even more difficult. It's a new term for behavior that has been prevalent for years, but which is considerably more insidious as our lives become more and more plugged into social media. You might even be engaged in micro-cheating right now and not even notice it.
It's tricky to keep up with all of the various dating trends that have come on the scene over the past few years. First, there was ghosting.
That’s when someone you’ve been texting and/or hanging out with disappears without a trace. There’s no warning or apparent inciting incident; they’re simply gone. Just like that.
I guess we all decided ghosting was too harsh because we then moved on to breadcrumbing.
A slightly less awful version of ghosting, breadcrumbing is when you continue reaching out to someone even when you’re not super interested. It may seem like you’re being nice, but it still sucks to be on the receiving end.
And then there's submarining.
That’s when someone disappears without a trace (à la ghosting) but then miraculously reappears and suddenly wants to know everything about your life.
Finally, there's "zombieing," which is actually pretty similar to "submarining."
Again, someone who has left your life suddenly returns from the “dead” and wants back in your life. The main difference between zombieing and submarining is that relationship submarines will typically try to provide some sort of explanation for their absence while zombies will just pretend nothing even happened.
Dating is hard, y’all.
And it's only getting harder. There's a new dating trend these days, and you might be guilty of it without even knowing.
It’s called “micro-cheating,” and you might be doing it right this very second.
So what is it, exactly?
I’m glad you asked…