You’ve been benched. Not ghosted but benched, which is far worse. If you’re ghosted at least you know it’s over, but being benched means someone is just giving you false hope. It the millennial way of the old-fashioned “stringing “.


New York Magazine writer Jason Chen came up with the term, but the behavior is not at all new. We’ve seen those high school divas and jocks, who always had a little something on the side.

The people who do this to you are just that much into you but not enough. They like to respond to your texts and messages only when it suits them. You are not the one who is adored by that person. You get to meet him or her only when the person they’re really into is unavailable. But of course, you wouldn’t know that!


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