There’s also this guy, who shows up shirtless and playing the violin for some reason.
“It was always awkward when their names would light up my phone while I was sleeping over [my boyfriend’s] place, but I felt like I needed them as an insurance policy,” she told the Tab.
“I go on dates with him before I go out with ‘A team,’ literally as a practice round.” Cushioning is the most recent term young people have come up with to articulate petty dating practices instead of communicating like rational adults.
Previous trends have included “ghosting,” where people gradually stop responding to messages and then disappear on their romantic interests, and “breadcrumbing,” where singles continue to leave traces of hope for dating prospects that they’re not actually that interested in.
At the same time, most admit that online efficiency in producing dates doesn’t necessarily match the effectiveness of meeting great guys at parties, bars and clubs, or relying on setups for dates.
For one thing, dating apps require little investment on the part of the suitor.