11 Dating Trends You Need To Know About In 2020 So You Can Avoid Them

Dating is always changing, and not in a good way. Our parents had the pleasure of being courted and adored while we’re over here getting ghosted and disrespected. Times are changing and now, there are even more ways for singles to get played out. Here are the 2020 dating trends you need to know so you can hopefully avoid them.

  1. Fleabagging Do you have a habit of dating people who aren’t right for you? Then, you’re guilty of fleabagging. Being a fleabagger means you constantly date the wrong people. The worst part is that you know they’re wrong after the first date but you stay with them anyway. Call it boredom or self-sabotage, but fleabagging is one of the worst trends out there. It’s a never-ending cycle that stops you from finding happiness with someone worthy.
  2. Exoskeleton-ing When your partner’s ex reaches out to you, that’s called exoskeleton-ing. It’s an uncomfortable dating trend if you’re on the receiving end. No one wants to see their partner’s ex, let alone talk to them. And yet, with exoskeleton-ing, the ex doesn’t care. They taunt you on social media because they’re jealous and probably want to ruin your life.
  3. Dial-toning Dial-toning is similar to ghosting, except maybe worse. It’s when you give someone your number, but you never reply to their texts or calls. With dial-toning, you ghost the relationship before it even starts. At least with ghosting, you get to know the person before you decide to dip. Dial-toning doesn’t even give you the chance to know the person’s last name.
  4. Glamboozled You bought new clothes, shaved your legs, and washed your hair. In short, you got glammed up. But that didn’t stop your date from canceling last minute, did it? We call that the art of being glamboozled. In short, it’s when your date is a piece of crap and doesn’t care about your time so they cancel right before he’s supposed to pick you up. The nerve!
  5. Blue-stalling When two people act like a couple but one of them says they’re unable to handle a relationship, it’s called blue-stalling. Sound familiar? We’ve all dated someone who unintentionally (or intentionally) led us on. They made us feel like we were in a relationship when in reality it was more of a situationship.
  6. Cause-playing This terrible dating trend is so annoying. It’s when a casual relationship ends for whatever reason—maybe you mutually decided to go your separate ways or one of you ghosted the other. Regardless of what happened, the person reaches out months later to ask a favor. That favor could be a ride to the airport or supporting their new charity. Either way, it’s rude.
  7. Kanye’d Have you ever been on a date with someone who couldn’t stop talking about themselves? Sounds like you got Kanye’d. Get it? We’ve all been Kanye’d before, probably more than once. Some of us have probably even Kanye’d a couple of people. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to show your personality, but no one wants someone conceited (unless, of course, their name is Kanye West).
  8. Eclipsing You’re dating someone new and instead of staying true to yourself, you adopt all their hobbies. That’s called eclipsing and it’s a trend some of us are guilty of. It’s easy to take on a partner’s interests in an attempt to seem more attractive, but doing that isn’t healthy for you or your partner.
  9. White Clawing This trend comes from the popular, albeit boring, drink known as White Claw. White Clawing as a dating trend is the act of dating someone who’s super boring and basic, but incredibly attractive. I’m not saying they don’t have a personality, but you sure as hell don’t know what it is. They’re like a painting: pretty to look at, but not much of a conversationalist.
  10. Type-Casting Type-casting is an interesting 2020 dating trend. If you’re a type-caster, you’re someone who takes dating very seriously, so much so that you choose partners based on your personality and love language compatibility. When you’re on a date, you need to know their zodiac sign and personality type. If their answer doesn’t align with yours, there won’t be a second date.
  11. Yellow-Carding Yellow-carding isn’t a trend you should avoid, it’s one you should get behind. Chances are, you’ve had your fair share of bad online dates. But have you ever called your date out for their behavior? If you have, that’s called yellow-carding. Honestly, it’s something we should all try to do more. If a date is acting horribly, they should know so they can correct their behavior.
Jordan White is a writer based in Scottsdale, Arizona with more than 8 years of experience. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Rhetoric and Creative Writing in 2015 and while there, she wrote for The Daily Wildcat. She has since written for sites including FanBread, and, of course, Bolde. You can find about more her on Facebook. She has a passion for giving her audience something to laugh about and despises the heat more than anything.