‘Gatsbying’ – New Dating Trend

As if dating weren’t already complicated enough, in this day and age there’s a whole dictionary of cringeworthy terms you need to know.

From ‘bae’ to ‘ghosting’, there’s seemingly a word and a trend to describe every little move you make.

The last one was ‘breadcrumbing’.

Introduced earlier this year, Urban Dictionary summed it up as:

“The act of sending out flirtatious, but non-committal text messages (i.e breadcrumbs’) to members of the opposite sex in order to lure a sexual partner without expending much effort.”

Yes, ‘Gatsbying’, in reference to Jay Gatsby, the central character of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, The Great Gatsby. Anyone posting on social media with the intention of attracting a specific person’s attention, is guilty of ‘Gatsbying’.

Let’s break this down for you.

Coined by Matilda Dods in an article for Tomboy Beauty , the term is defined as: “Gatsbying, To Gastby vb or n.

“To post a video, picture or selfie to public social media purely for a love interest to see it.”


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