FACTZ is very focused on wellness, mainly mental health, regarding relationships. The common trend among Gen Z, which has transferred to the Millenials, is the practice of GHOSTING.
While the Ghoster might find this move humorous, it causes severe damage to the Ghostie. We went ahead and pulled the cliff notes from many psychology studies and psychology blogs so that everyone can understand the viral damage the act of ghosting may cause:
- Short-term consequences included overwhelming rejection and confusion, along with wounded self-esteem. Contributing factors involved the lack of closure and clarity—not knowing why communication abruptly stopped, leaving the person being ghosted trying to make sense of the situation.
- Long-term effects of “ghosties” centered around feelings of mistrust that developed over time, in some cases spilling over to future relationships. Such experiences often precipitated internalized rejection, self-blame, and feelings of low self-worth.
- People increasingly utilize ghosting to end relationships and essentially practice “serial ghosting,” which can become habitual.
- A person ghosting typically has little acknowledgment of how it will make the other person feel. Ghosting is associated with adverse mental health effects on the person on the receiving end. Some mental health professionals have described it as a passive-aggressive form of emotional abuse or cruelty.
- Ghosting hurts; it’s a cruel rejection. It is excruciating because you are left with no rationale, no guidelines for how to proceed, and often a heap of emotions to sort through on your own. If you suffer from abandonment or self-esteem issues, being ghosted may bring them to the forefront.
- Being a Ghoster makes you an unreliable friend. It shows you have no respect for another person’s feelings. It says you are inconsiderate and don’t care much about the impact or consequences of your actions. It’s easier than breaking up, but it also shows you have no character when you choose ease over integrity.
If you or someone you know has been Ghosted or is a Ghoster, please share your story in the comments below. Our mental health is essential, and this immature behavior needs to be accounted for.