From texting to online sites, the dating world these days for singles is diverse to say the least. But those tech tools have also lead to a flakiness dubbed "bread crumbing" by a write for the New York Times.
"Bread crumbing has been around for a long time, now there is just a name to it," says Courtney Quinlan of Omaha Love, a matchmaking service.
Here's how it works, as explained by popular culture websites like Urban Dictionary and PopSugar. bread crumbing or breadcrumbing (depending on your spell check preferences) is the act of sporadically sending communication messages (text, email, IM) to a person in an effort to keep up the hope a relationship or date may occur in the future, despite any intention of following through.
As promised in our on air story, here are Quinlan's 3 tips to avoid bread crumbing or spot a bread crumber:
1. Pay attention to when communication is happening. Is it a 1AM call on a Tuesday night? What is the intention there?
2. Pay attention to how the communication is happening? "I tell my clients to call on the phone, it shows more initiative," Quinlan said.
3. Pay attention to someone who is sticking to their word. "If they are following up when they say they will, or not flaking out, that is important."