What is Ghosting and When is it Allowed?

It is challenging to assess normative behavior in these isolating but digital times.

According to Wikipedia, Ghosting is defined as follows:

Ghosting is a colloquial term used to describe the practice of ceasing all communication and contact with a partner, friend, or similar individual without any apparent warning or justification and subsequently ignoring any attempts to reach out or communication made by said partner, friend, or individual. The term originated in the early 2000s. In the following decade, media reported a rise in ghosting, which has been attributed to the increasing use of social media and online dating apps.

People ghost each other all the time in a wide variety of contexts. In the dating realm there seems to be some ambiguity as to when ghosting is appropriate. In this episode, we explore the concept of ghosting and when it may be appropriate, but more importantly, when it is not.


Navigating the dating journey can be extraordinarily difficult in ways that differ for each person. This series is our effort to try to identify normative behavior in abnormal times.


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J.P. Katz is Director of The TRIBE Group, a boutique mentoring firm helping individuals identify, access and actualize their true potential.