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One of these phrases is "stashing," which refers to when you're in a supposedly serious relationship with someone, but they don't introduce you to any of their friends.
Another popular term is "ghosting," which occurs when someone you're dating vanishes without a trace.
Thanks to social media, the zombie might also try to get back into your life by following you and liking your posts on Instagram and Twitter.
In fact, if an ex tried to sneakily get back into your life by watching an Instagram or Snapchat story, it's called "haunting." It's like they are spying on you, but it's not quite subtle enough for you to be unaware of it.
However, we're not that good at it yet because studies have shown that it is nearly impossible to focus on your phone and be aware of everything else that is going on around you.
If you're "cushioning" someone, it means you're dating them but you don't think it's going to end well.
Instead of cutting loose, you prepare for the break-up by chatting and flirting with several other people, to cushion the blow when it happens.
They don't return your texts, and may even block you to avoid having the break-up conversation with you.
It's cowardly, but depressingly common, especially with a vast array of dating apps at our fingertips.