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80% of millennials have been 'ghosted,' survey finds

80% of millennials have been 'ghosted,' survey finds Mashable We're using cookies to improve your experience. Click Here to find out more. Mashable Mashable Mashable Australia Mashable France Mashable India Mashable UK Sign in Like Follow Follow Mashable see more  > Search Videos Social Media Tech Business Entertainment World Lifestyle Watercooler Shop More Channels Videos Social Media Tech Business Entertainment World Lifestyle Watercooler Shop Company About Us Licensing & Reprints Archive Mashable Careers Contact Contact Us Submit News Advertise Advertise Legal Privacy Policy Terms of Use Cookie Policy Apps iPhone / iPad Android Resources Subscriptions Sites Mashable Shop Job Board Social Good Summit Lifestyle Like Follow Follow 80% of millennials have been 'ghosted,' survey finds 4.1k Shares Share Tweet Share What's This? Image: Getty Images By Chelsea Frisbie 2016-03-28 18:35:36 UTC Along with text message breakups and  catfishing , getting "ghosted" is a legitimate worry for today's young daters.  In  dating  lingo, ghosting means to cease communication with a person without a formal "goodbye," by ignoring someone until they get the hint and stop texting or calling. Similar to a ghost, one minute they're there and the next...poof, they're gone. SEE ALSO: How to save time online dating This form of cowardice is not rare, a survey from dating app PlentyofFish  finds. Of the 800 participants in the U.S. and Canada aged 18-33 who responded, nearly 80% reported being dumped by someone who cut off all communication abruptly without any explanation.  "It's the fear of missing out on the thing, or person, that is coming next. Because it's so easy to swipe or like new people, whatever's next could be better, and it's easier to just dip out. It may be a little mean, but we're dating; it's not like we're in a relationship," said one anonymous online dater in defense of ghosting. This FOMO about finding the "better" person has some truth to it; 15% of those surveyed reported having scheduled multiple dates for one night. As one Redditor,  rooby008 , points out , there is a huge difference between "ghosting" a person you've been speaking with versus ignoring a person who says rude or inappropriate messages like these:  I feel soooooo bad for him. He's so horny. 😢 A photo posted by Bye Felipe 👋 (@byefelipe) on Feb 4, 2016 at 11:03am PST There's no evidence in this survey to support what gender gets ghosted more, but it seems no one is immune to it, including celebrities. Even Demi Lovato admits to being a ghost:  Girl Code Live BONUS: How to be a millennial in 5 easy steps Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Topics: apps , Apps and Software , Sex & Love , Lifestyle , online dating , plentyoffish About Us Jobs Advertise Subscribe Privacy Terms Mashable is a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company. Powered by its own proprietary technology, Mashable is the go-to source for tech, digital culture and entertainment content for its dedicated and influential audience around the globe. ©2005-2016 Mashable, Inc. Reproduction without explicit permission is prohibited. All Rights Reserved. Designed in collaboration with Code & Theory