Have you or your teen ever been "ghosted?"

Tech Talk Tuesday #52: Have you or your teen ever been "ghosted?"

Have you ever heard the term “ghosting”? According to the Urban Dictionary ghosting is:

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"The act of suddenly ceasing all communication with someone the subject is dating, but no longer wishes to date. ... Ghosting is not specific to a certain gender and is closely related to the subject's maturity and communication skills. .."

This happens with both teens and adults, I first heard of this practice when an adult friend told me about another friend who had simply stopped responding to emails, texts and phone calls. According to a Huffington post poll about 10 percent of Americans have "ghosted" someone to break up with them. Using avoidance as a coping skill is not new, but online communication has made that an easier way to deal with uncomfortable situations.

For Tech Talk Tuesday this week let's talk about "ghosting". :

  • Have you ever "ghosted" someone? If so, why?
  • Have you ever been "ghosted"? If so, how did it make you feel and what did you do to try to get back in touch?
  • Do you text, Snapchat, email, call or try to talk in-person to someone you want to break up with? How about a friend you want to end things with?