There are simple ways to avoid ghosting someone. All it takes is one conversation, or maybe even something so casual as a quick text! And yet in today's churn-and-burn, high-volume dating economy, ghosters abound.
How to deal with them? In a story published Wednesday in , one writer documented her experience with taking ghosters to task in a ritual she refers to as "self-dumping." The writer texted someone who'd recently ghosted her "there's something I really need to talk about with you," and he emerged immediately from the ghostland ether. What follows is a scene in which she attempts to goad him into calling their relationship off the proper way, or get him to crystallize the idea that what he did was wrong. There's a moment of vindication laced with the routine disappointment of being dumped as he leaves the apartment.
It's not a terrible idea, and one I've toyed around with myself. I can see how the idea of forced closure sounds better than no closure at all, and there is some amount of sadistic pleasure to be gained from making a cowardly person squirm a little. But to try and hold someone to account for an individual act of ghosting assumes on some level that it was a mistake or a moment of cowardice.
As the writer finds in her confrontations, it seems more likely that it's endemic to who they (at least currently) are. One ghoster goes several rounds with her in a "sorry you feel that way" style of rhetoric that suggests he doesn't get where she is coming from at all, which leaves her with the task of trying to rework his personality/trauma/dating history/psychological profile in a single conversation, which is an overwhelming task.
It's a funny bit to confront those who ghosted you, but the Glamour writer refers to ghosting as a stripping of dignity. Ghostees are more than entitled to a text along the lines of, "hey, haven't heard from you in a while... have you moved on?" or perhaps something more that more straightforwardly communicates their hurt feelings (if we are just talking about a few dates).