There's A New Dating 'Trend' To Watch Out For Called 'Submarining'... Apparently
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When your parents met, there was no Facebook or Tinder. If they wanted to send a 'nude', they'd have to snap it on a Polaroid and post it, or even take it on a normal camera and face the embarrassment of knowing the staff in Max Spielmann had seen them starkers, trying to look seductive.
Now though, all that shite is easier.
However, with 'all that shite' comes more insidious aspects like 'catfishing' and 'pull a pig'. They're basically a means for people to humiliate someone else, preying on their emotional frailties and naivety. And look, we can apparently now add 'submarining' to that list as well.
According to ShortList, submarining is basically what you'd expect it to be. Much like the machines built for stealth warfare, that spend a short amount of time on the surface of the water before disappearing into the abyss, a 'submariner' will do the same.
The offender will typically hop in someone else's DMs, date them for a bit and then inexplicably disappear, 'ghosting' the other.
Eventually though, after a prolonged period of time, they'll reappear in the your DMs, acting like nothing's happened.
Now I'm not saying this generation is built on weak foundations which fall apart when 'that someone' comes back into our lives, but I'm also not denying that's the truth. Basically, we can all become easy prey with this sort of stuff.
Whatever excuse a 'submariner' provides - losing their phone, taking a break from social media, actually being on a submarine, being buried alive - seems plausible, because we must believe all we read on the internet.
Don't know about you, but this is not at all what I expected submarine references to be like by the time I reached adulthood.
Recently, 'pranks' like 'pull a pig' have gone viral and become well-known after victims spoke about their ordeal. This, though, is a lot more subtle.
If there's one thing that's worth remembering here, it's that if you're seriously considering reacquainting yourself with someone who insists on ducking and diving you, you might be best to stop and question their motives.