Ghosting and its effect on mental health

I have been hearing the term ‘ghosting’ quite a lot recently, but it’s not by any means a new phenomenon; obviously in this day and age we are constantly communicating (or not) via phones, emails and social apps. In this piece I’ll look at how this behaviour has become increasingly common, and the perhaps lesser known effects on the mental health of the individuals* who are on the receiving end of it.

What is ghosting?

Ghosting is defined as: ‘ending a relationship by ignoring all communications from the other person.’ 71% of people I surveyed admitted that they have ghosted someone, with 45% of those having done so 4 or more times.

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