The convenience of dating apps has made the world of modern romance a pretty insensitive place.
The "slow fade" is a bit like ghosting, without the full commitment.
They're not particularly interested in taking things further, but instead of saying so they gradually start to cut ties.
They don't return your texts, and may even block you to avoid having the break-up conversation with you.
It's cowardly, but depressingly common, especially with a vast array of dating apps at our fingertips.
The culprit clearly gets something out of it, but for the victim it's just confusing and annoying.
"Breadcrumbing" is when somebody seems to be pursuing you, but really they have no intention of being tied down to a relationship.
Instead of cutting loose, you prepare for the break-up by chatting and flirting with several other people, to cushion the blow when it happens.
Why they don't just bite the bullet and initiate the break-up themselves is a mystery.
They'll put all their effort into flirtatious texts, and trying to date you, until they "catch" you.
When you finally agree to the date, they immediately lose interest and seek out their next target.
With so many modern dating concepts out there, it can be hard to keep up.