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Ghosting hurts. It’s often feels unexpected, unwelcome, and unwarranted.
Whether it’s a friend, a lover, or a potential romantic interest, almost everyone has been ghosted, where one party abruptly cuts off all communication from another without any explanation, and MTV’s newest reality TV show that premiered Tuesday, “Ghosted: Love Gone Missing,” illustrates that some people just can’t handle it.
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According to a 2016 survey by the online dating app “Plenty of Fish,” 78 percent of users reported being ghosted.
MTV’s new series follows two hosts who guide a poor “haunted” individual through finding his or her ghost, tracking them down using social media and interviewing people to find the person who suddenly disappeared from the relationship without providing any reason why.
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At the end of each episode, the hosts find the ghost and sit him face-to-face with the person he left, allowing the “haunted” to confront their ghost in person and forcing the person who broke off communication to give an explanation.
In the series’ premier, a young woman named Julia was ghosted by her best friend since childhood, Del, after skipping the anniversary of his coming out party. After convincing Del to sit down in a studio across from Julia, who is pregnant out of wedlock, Del explains he ghosted because he began sleeping with Julia’s recent ex-boyfriend and dated him for two months. In the end, the two decided to “make-up” and Julia even made Del the godfather of her child.
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A happy ending to be sure, but finding one’s ghost is not likely to share a similar story.
Diane Barth is a psychotherapist based in New York and author of the book, “I Know How You Feel: The Joy and Heartbreak of Friendship in Women’s Lives.” Barth told The Federalist that being ghosted by a friend can be just as damaging as being ghosted...
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