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We all know that first dates aren't easy—which is why we've often given you tips on how to make the best of a could-be-awkward situation. That said, even when you think you've done everything right, dressed the part and walked away thinking you're bound to see her/him again... silence.
That's right, the terms "ghosting" or "mooning" have sneaked into our lexicon, which is the act of going completely silent on someone via text and other forms of mobile communication.
After anxiously checking your phone to see if you've heard anything back yet, it remains a mystery as to why the person who you just spent a solid time with decided to leave you in the dark. Well, thanks to a new survey from the dating app Sapio, we now have an idea as to why people do.
The study, which polled more than 2,000 online daters from different parts of the United States, reveals that talking about your ex is the easiest way to get ghosted. But, really, look at those reasons and all of them are pretty much deal-breakers.
In addition to the actual results, Sapio released info on the parts of the country that ghost people the most, with both the Midwest and South seeing 56 percent of people doing it.
And, if you think that women are the only ones doing this, think again. That's because, according to Sapio's study, both sexes are about equal when it comes to going silent after a first date—although women do it a bit more frequently.
As we said above, first dates are awkward enough, so don't make one worse by talking too good or bad about an ex, come across as too clingy and/or send unsolicited d*ck pics—because those will lead to a first-class ticket to a lot of evenings alone.
See the full survey results over at Sapio.