With a new era of dating comes a new set of weird terms for everyone to know.
We’re coming up on the year 2020. Millennials (and in this case we mean real Millennials, ie. those born after the year 2000) are just now coming to the age where dating is probably at the forefront of their minds. Even if you’re not still young enough to be in high school, many of you are still probably young enough to not remember a time without the internet.
Internet dating has already brought us a host of new words to the dating lexicon. Words like Catfishing, where someone pretends to be someone they’re not on social media in order to snag a date (which usually ends poorly). Or like Ghosting, where you chat someone up online and then they suddenly disappear and you never see them again.
Now there’s a relatively new word: Caspering. It’s like Ghosting, only you let the other party down easy first, usually by saying something nice about them before stating you’re not interested or are just otherwise incompatible... and then you never see them again.
Max Benwell (which simply must be a pseudonym for Ben Maxwell) over at The Guardian has come up with a set of 6 new words to describe other bizarre aspects of dating while surrounded by social media. Whether these catch on will be totally up to you, but you can’t deny these words describe the modern dating experience almost perfectly.
Sunday Night Fever: The phenomenon whereby men distraught at the prospect of another work week will cause an increase in dating app/social media activity to try and take their minds off the coming grind.
Freeclimbing: The act of searching through a dating prospect’s social media accounts and going backward in their history. This is characteristically dangerous, just as free climbing is, hence the term.
Printing: Short for “imprinting”, Printing describes how certain dating apps and social media accounts will record other user’s interactions. Liking an old post on Facebook notifies the user of your presence is just one example. Can usually be prevented by opening an “incognito” window on your browser.
Sexting the waters: Sexting is to overtly or lewdly request relations, but “sexting the waters” is the process of conversing with someone first in an attempt to slyly steer the conversation towards sexting.
Cryptomancer: A person, usually male, who is very into cryptocurrency and can't help but recommend investment in Bitcoins as well as several other currencies you’ve probably never even heard of.
Lining: The act of propositioning someone by holding up a ridesharing app (either Lyft or Uber) that shows a requested ride back to your place with an open carpool option. If your target selects to carpool home with a friend, then the proposition was a success. Comes from the name of the carpool option with Lyft, called “Lyft Line.”