Last week we wrote about the digital dating trends benching and cushioning, where people put potential dates “on hold” until they ready to date them. Or not date them. This week’s dating trend is “breadcrumbing,” described by urbandictionary as “the act of sending out flirtatious, but non-committal text messages (i.e. “breadcrumbs”) in order to lure a sexual partner without expending much effort.”
The idea is to give someone just enough attention to keep their hope of a potential “relationship” alive. It’s basically stringing someone along with a “digital tease” whether they are interested in a relationship with you or not. Also known as “Hansel and Gretelling”, where the fairy tale characters used a trail of breadcrumbs so someone would know where they were and rescue them, the modern day dater texts people but never sets up a time to get together.