Dating is hard. And everybody in the dating pool today knows about the ghosting 鈥減henomenon,鈥 a technique wherein one person completely cuts off contact with another, leaving no explanation for their disappearance. It鈥檚 critiqued as 鈥渢he coward鈥檚 way out of a relationship,鈥 and, as we鈥檝e said before, often stems from a fear of conflict and confrontation. Admittedly, this technique is not for everyone. If you鈥檝e heard about ghosting, but have been too shy to completely and abruptly cut off contact with someone yourself: Have no fear! There鈥檚 a bot that will cut people off for you!

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Yeah, seriously. There is a bot that will ghost people for you. It鈥檚 called Ghostbot, and it uses Artifical Intelligence (AI) to slowly dissuade another person from contacting you. It comes as part of an app called Burner that makes free, temporary phone numbers. Users who need to ghost a certain someone out of their lives use Burner and activate Ghostbot. (The only caveat about this whole thing is that the person you鈥檙e trying to ghost has to be contacting you via your Burner number.) Then the app will start responding to unwanted texts, in time intervals varying from minutes to hours. Eventually, the responses stop. Sound familiar?

We definitely do see the benefits of a technology like this 鈥 it鈥檚 perfect for that pushy creep who just won鈥檛 pick up on the hint when you鈥檝e already tried to let them down easy 鈥 but we can鈥檛 help but think it鈥檚 important to set some boundaries before Ghostbot catches on, otherwise we鈥檙e all looking at a pretty bleak future of being rejected by technology. After you鈥檝e spent some time getting to know a person, shouldn鈥檛 you do them the courtesy of distancing yourself without AI? At least try. Then, if you haven鈥檛 formed a serious IRL connection and they just aren鈥檛 picking up on hints, feel free to outsource your rejection to Ghostbot.

But there鈥檚 a hidden bonus to Ghostbot: It鈥檚 an excellent tutorial for how to let people down easy, all on your own. Using Ghostbot responses like, 鈥淚鈥檓 so busy right now, I鈥檒l let you know when I鈥檓 free,鈥 or 鈥淐razy stressed, I need some time on my own right now鈥 are both pretty effective. No matter how you choose to end a relationship, just bear in mind that there鈥檚 another person behind those texts. Unless that other person is using Ghostbot on you? Who knows! Modern dating is getting complicated.

Good luck out there, guys.

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