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Mayukh Saha
Mayukh Saha
February 29, 2024 ·  2 min read

Getting ‘Zombied’: A New Dating Trend That’s ‘Worse Than Ghosting’

Dating in the modern era is quite difficult- and with the advent of dating apps, people are always too fickle when it comes to relationships. Interestingly, that is not the worst of it, as a new relationship trend has entered the dating market- which might not be good for those looking for potential partners. Previously, we had gone through the phenomenon of ghosting- where one individual would stop contacting the other person out of the blue. Now, we have a bigger, worse, and more haunting situation- called being ‘zombied’. 

For those who have already experienced ghosting- you know how it goes, right? The other person stops all forms of contact for no reason, and you are left wondering where you went wrong. It could be digital communication or even physical interaction. At the end of the day, it sucks to be at the receiving end of it. And yet- this is not the worst.

The newer fad in the pool is zombied, and this will make you crave ghosting. Mariel Darling, a singer-songwriter, went on TikTok to warn her 256k followers that getting zombied was far worse than the ghoulish treatment. Mariel went on to explain that the new dating villains had already transformed into flesh-eating undead who would come back from the graveyard to revisit old romances. Basically, an old lover comes back from the past- while you have happily moved on. Seems disastrous, right?

Zombied- The Latest Dating Craze Has Gripped The Pool

The singer-songwriter’s video had the following overlay: “Zombied is the new ghosting.” She further went on to reveal, “Girl, you’re being ghosted? I’m being out here zombied.” She also gave her own definition to further relate to her followers- “It’s like ghosting, but he comes back from the dead after a couple months and hits you up.” This extremely relatable video did blow up on the social media platform- where it was viewed by 1.5 million users- with several comments flooding it. One user commented, “Mine has a Jesus Christ complex, he comes back every three days.” Another wrote, “I saw someone say she puts gravestone emojis on their name in contacts so she knows not to deal with them anymore.” 

Other users also spoke about their association with being zombied. One commented, “Tell me why this happened to me three times in the last three weeks. It happens to me all the time.” Another user wrote, “Have you ever noticed that they all zombie you at the same time? Like why are four guys from my past all hitting me up on the same day???

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