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THE CHALLENGES OF DATING. As if the pandemic didnâ€™t create enough dating challenges, inflation is now pushing the cost of dating a lot higher. More than 40 percent of people on the dating app Hinge said they think more about the cost of dating today than they did a year ago, especially members of Gen Z (the oldest Gen Zers are age 25), reported Paulina Cachero of Bloomberg.
Instead of meeting for drinks (the cost of alcoholic beverages was up 4 percent year-over-year in June) or sharing a meal in a restaurant (the cost of full-service dining was up 8.9 percent year-over-year in June) many people are opting for less expensive options, such as meeting for coffee, taking a walk, or cooking a meal at home.
Another challenge is keeping up with ever-evolving dating slang. â€śWhen youâ€™re looking for love these days, itâ€™s totally possible you might get breadcrumbed and orbited on your way to the soft launch,â€ť reported Ashley Austrew on Dictionary.com. Here are a few definitions to know.
Â· Breadcrumbing. This is slang for leading someone on. Usually, breadcrumbing is chatting or flirting online through text or social media.
Â· Orbiting. When an ex â€“ or someone else â€“ stops communicating completely (i.e., they ghosted you) but they immediately offer a reaction when you post a picture or story on social media, they are orbiting you, reported Sophie Lloyd of Newsweek.
Â· Soft launching. When a product is soft launched, it goes through testing in limited groups. Itâ€™s the same with dating. A soft launch gives a personâ€™s friends and followers the chance to get used to the idea of a significant other. Itâ€™s a slow-motion version of the boyfriend or girlfriend reveal, reported Kaitlyn Tiffany of The Atlantic.
The bad news is that itâ€™s never easy to learn a new language. The good news is that the price of gas is dropping so the cost of dating should, too.
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â€śLittle else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice.â€ť
â€”Adam Smith, economist and philosopher