"Women have definitely been socialized to be pleasing and deferential to men," relationship therapist Aimee Hartstein, LCSW tells Bustle.
"They often want to be liked and can even have a tendency to tell people what they want to hear.
The truth can sting, but it can also help someone move on with closure."Of course, many men will take a polite rejection well, but as women, we are not trained to reject, talk about our needs, or even think that our opinions should matter.
So, sometimes, disappearing or fading away seems like the safest bet.
Even though we know it might not be the ideal thing to do in the long run, many of us are stuck, conflicted by an urge and duty to be upfront and a socialized obligation not to refuse men."I definitely resonate with our team's findings," Corie Colliton, creative strategist at Credit Loan, tells Bustle.
While many foreigners initially find dating in the Netherlands daunting or inaccessible, understanding Dutch personality traits and mentality can help reduce miscommunicating the ‘flirting' signals as practised by Dutch women and Dutch men.
Of course, similar to elsewhere, online dating in the Netherlands is increasingly becoming the norm as taboos are shed, particularly among older daters.
The gender divide was much larger than the generation divide. So many people are quick to write ghosting off as being cowardly behavior, but it can also be that the decision to ghost is informed by larger gender norms.
In fact, millennials, Generation Xers, and Baby Boomers all ghosted with very similar frequency. Women often find it more difficult to be confrontational than men — not because we're cowards, but because, basically, society tells us to keep our mouth shut and not to upset anyone.