The Gist: Georgia residents are particularly prone to experiencing and perpetrating the act of ghosting, with a staggering 91% reporting they have been on the receiving end, according to a study by Thriving Center for Psychology.
What is Ghosting?: Ghosting is the act of cutting off all communication with someone without any explanation. It has become more common in recent years, particularly through social media and online interactions. It isn’t just limited to dating culture. It has tentacles in friendships and employment as well.
The Details: Many Georgians turn to ghosting as a means of ending friendships without confrontation, and the practice appears to be a cyclical emotional pattern for some.
Licensed clinical psychologist Alexander Alvarado attributes this trend to social media platforms normalizing quick, non-committal interactions. Despite potential regret, the act of ghosting continues to affect interpersonal relationships in Georgia.
The Quote: “Ghosting is more prevalent among younger generations likely due to the digitalization of social interactions. Online platforms make it easier to connect but also to disengage without immediate consequences. Ghosting aligns with a “swipe culture” where options seem limitless, and people are reduced to commodities. The ephemeral nature of digital communication might contribute to a reduced sense of responsibility towards others’ feelings.” -Alexander Alvarado
By The Numbers:
- 91% of Georgians have been ghosted
- 63% admit to ghosting others
- 37% report regret about ghosting someone else
- Atlanta ranked #4 in the nation for being ghosted.
In Context: This study reveals a troubling trend in Georgia’s communication habits, highlighting the prevalence and severity of ghosting in the state.
Why It Matters: The act of ghosting can have significant emotional impacts on both parties involved, leading to feelings of rejection, confusion, and anxiety. The high frequency of reciprocal ghosting in Georgia suggests that this problem may be contributing to an overall climate of mistrust and uncertainty within the state’s social fabric.
How You Can Help: If you find yourself struggling with interpersonal conflicts or the urge to ghost others you can benefit from seeking professional help or engaging in self-reflection to understand the root causes of their behavior. Those who have been ghosted can also practice self-care, seek support from friends or family, and avoid internalizing feelings of rejection.