Breadcrumbing is the new way to torture the person you kinda maybe don't want to date

We've moved on from "ghosting" - you know, the top way to torture the people you're dating for a few years now.  That's when, suddenly, you cut off all communication with them, stop returning their messages, and basically a ghost.

Well, apparently there's a new dating torture method that's becoming more and more common in the Tinder era.  It's called "breadcrumbing." Here's the Urban Dictionary definition:

The act of sending out flirtatious, but non-committal text messages (i.e breadcrumbs') to members of the opposite sex in order to lure a sexual partner without expending much effort.

It's kind of like keeping players on the bench in case you need them later in the game - like "liking" an Instagram post once in a while to make sure the person knows you're interested and to remind them of you.

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