‘Cloaking’ is the brutal new dating trend that sees singles stood up AND ghosted all in one day


WHEN it comes to the dating scene, these days there are a whole host of toxic trends to watch out for.

And it seems the latest brutal behaviour – known as “cloaking” – sees daters stood up AND ghosted all at the same time.

Have you been cloaked?
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Let’s face it, being stood up is bad enough, but on top of the humiliation, hurt and anger, imagine how you’d feel if you found out you’d also been blocked and deleted too?

Sadly it happened to one woman, Rachel Thompson, earlier this month.

Writing for Mashable, Rachel – who coined the phrase – explained: “Cloaking is when a person doesn’t just stand you up for a date, they also block you on any app that you’ve previously communicated on.”

Rachel went on to explain she had set up a date via Hinge, but on arrival, realised her match was nowhere to be seen.

Believe it or not, it's actually worse than being stood up
Believe it or not, it’s actually worse than being stood up
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When she checked the app, not only had their conversation disappeared but he also stopped responding on social media.

Rachel likened her date’s hurtful behaviour to using a cloak to conceal himself from all possible forms of communication.

There are a whole host of dating trends to watch out for
There are a whole host of dating trends to watch out for
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The trend is a lot like ghosting, when somebody you’re talking to or dating suddenly cuts all ties and communication with you.

Then there’s “submarining”, where the person who ghosted you ends up cropping back up again weeks, months or even years after they cut you off.

You might have been “orbited” at some point in your dating history, too – which is a little more confusing.

If someone “orbits” you, they’ll ghost you on whatever platform you’re speaking on, and ignore your texts/Whatsapps, but they’ll continue to like your Instagram selfies and/or Tweets.

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