By now, you've probably heard about the new dating trend breadcrumbing, aka the particularly awful new way to have your emotions toyed with by someone you're romantically interested in. At this point, a lot of us seem to be agree on the fact that ghosting totally sucks, but I'd venture to say that breadcrumbing is even worse. It's basically ghosting's sadistic cousin: instead of disappearing completely, the person leads you on by giving you just enough attention to think that they're still into you. Not only is it rude AF, but it also seriously wastes your time — time that you could be spending looking for a partner who won't treat you like sh*t.
In a perfect world, there'd be no such thing as rejection or unrequited crushes or heartbreak. Unfortunately, modern dating — though more convenient in a lot of ways — has brought with it an onslaught of painful new ways to have our romantic dreams crushed. Dating apps might be a fun way to meet new people and hopefully even make a real love connection, but this new breadcrumbing trend is proof that having thousands of single people to chat with can bring out some seriously bad dating behavior in less mature men and women. Although everyone has the right to pilot their dating life the way they see fit, that doesn't mean it's cool to be a d*ck and mess with people's emotions by leading them on when you know you're not interested.
Here are five signs that someone is breadcrumbing you — if these sound a little too familiar, do yourself a favor and don't take the bait.