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"When you disappear into the ether without any indication why, all I can do is come up with a million and a half reasons why you’re not into me," she wrote.

Ghost victims have certainly been there and done that too, wondering...

(The Discovery Channel has yet to confirm the anecdote, but current 20-somethings speculate as much.) But in an era of Tinder, OKCupid, JSwipe and Hinge, matchmaking often happens by swiping right and left, making potential daters literally disposable.

The ease of app and online dating has allowed ghosting to take new form.

When it comes to modern digital relationships, the rhythm of the exchange tells us as much as its literal content, and it doesn’t take any specialized skill to read between the lines.

If you’re initiating all the texts in the relationship, the recipient just isn’t that into you; if you’re not getting any texts back, the recipient isn’t into you at all.

Yes, lack of response from someone you're digging feels crappy. Behrendt doesn't think so -- and he can't understand why humans can't apply the same understanding about changed feelings to relationship as they do to virtually everything else. about a band, about a food, about certain things you thought were fun that you don’t think are fun anymore.

But it becomes so profound in relationships like, 'that's never happened in the history of relationships and why would he just walk away?

I don't feel the normal empathy I would for someone I met organically," she said.

Logan Levkoff, sexologist and expert on "Married At First Sight," explained that online dating and apps take the humanity out of the process a bit, which could make users prone to being ghosted. "The quantity [of how many people experience ghosting] is more because it's so easy to do and it requires very little human engagement in order to do it." In fact, in a poll conducted by You Gov and The Huffington Post, respondents ages 18-29 were more likely to admit they've experienced ghosting on either end than any other age group.

To members of Ghosters Anonymous, Carter continued, "Until you close the door and close it completely, I can hold on to that tiny unrealistic shred of hope that you DO still want to hang out, and that maybe you’ll call (text, who am I kidding, nobody calls anymore and I hate it) and it’ll all be great." But Greg Behrendt, author of the best-selling book turned movie, , firmly believes that silence speaks louder than any words could.

"What I find weird is that there has to be an explanation after two dates.

They go home, put on comfier clothes, consume literal candy until they can't even breathe declaring to their friends, "I'M NEVER DOING THIS AGAIN." That is, until a cute guy or gal ... Trick-or-treaters polled considered confrontation the best way to breakup, while they classified ghosting (avoiding/withdrawing from contact with your partner) the ideal method to end a relationship.

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