New Dating Term: Pocketing

There’s a new dating term to learn– “Pocketing.” It’s when a new partner is actively avoiding acknowledging your existence online and is going out of their way to avoid introducing you to any of their friends and family.

Relationship expert at eharmony Rachel Lloyd says the behavior doesn’t necessarily mean the person is cheating, but says those who do it often want to reap the benefits of a relationship while also living a “single life online.” Signs you’re being “pocketed” could include your partner never replying to your social media comments, removing your tagged pictures from their profile and never adding your tagged stories to their account.

Elaine Parker, dating expert and CEO of Safer Date says this behavior can also be a sign of a controlling partner who is “insecure or jealous” about their other half. The experts say if you think you’re being “pocketed” you should have an open and honest conversation with your partner about how you’re feeling, and if they do not open up, or get defensive, it might be time to re-evaluate the relationship. (Daily Mail)