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App Lingo 101: Modern Dating Terms You Should Know

Here’s a handy tip sheet if you, like me, grew up in a/s/l era of the internet.

While scrolling through the various apps I’m on (read: all of them), I’ve come across acronyms and other terms I’ve never heard before. Am I really that old?

This being the age of Siri, Alexa and Google, I’ve been able to step up my game and learn the new language of love.

Here’s a handy tip sheet if you, like me, grew up in a/s/l era of the internet.

Catfishing: The act of pretending to be someone you are not in order to attract a love interest

Demisexual: A person who find someone’s personality more attractive than his/her physical appearance

DTR: Define the relationship

Ethically non-monogamous: A new term for being in an open relationship

Ghosting: The act of cutting off all forms of communication without warning

IRL: In real life

Kittenfishing: When your dating profile is trying a little too hard to make you look good. (Is that photo from this decade?)

LTR: Long term relationship

Meetcute: The funny, adorable or unexpected story of how a couple first met

Sapiosexual: A person who finds intelligence sexually attractive or arousing

Situationship: Are you just friends? Are you in a relationship? It’s a little bit of both.

Zombie-ing: When the person who ghosted you returns from the dead, likely via text

Is there a term I didn’t cover? Drop a comment below.

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