Ghosting: the most dispiriting thing to hit social media

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Ghosting: the most dispiriting thing to hit social media

As many as 78% of millennials have been ghosted at least once in their lives, but what exactly is ghosting?

Mpho Tshikhudo

Ghosting is the practice of ending a personal relationship by suddenly withdrawing from all communication, without explanation. The term seems like just another one of those viral words such as “sauce”, “flexing”, “adulting” and so many others that have crept into our vocabulary.

But ghosting has likely been around for centuries: before the internet, there just wasn’t a catchy term for it. Couples in the township have been known to resort to kushayisana ngomoya when the relationship is fraught with difficulties. It could mean anything from the silent treatment after an argument, to an unexplained breakup.

According to the Elite Daily website, as many as 78% of millennials have been ghosted at least once, and the practice thrives in the digital world of snaps and chats. These days we frame our understanding of ghosting within the context of behaviour on social media, where people constantly block and delete each other...

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