Etiquette for Millennials Pt. 2: What to Know About Benching


(Original story published on August 22, 2016, on Mode.)

Fear and uncertainty hover around every text, like, and emoji in the millennial dating scene as hopeful Tinder-ellas and -fellas put their selfies on the line to find a permanent Netflix-binging partner. They risk being the victim of catfishing and ghosting, and they’re frequently on the receiving end of an unsolicited eggplant pic or two. And now, the latest phenomenon: benching. This is the act of keeping someone on the sidelines in a dating roster—not in play but there just in case.

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