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Quiz: How Well Do You Know Your Gen Z Dating Terms?

by Izzi Sneider

Dating in the digital age brings not only new apps, but new dating etiquette and ways to socialize. As both social media and dating apps alike have become a tool to brand yourself, dating can take a more literal side on the phrase “back on the market”.

Young people are aware of their potential dates’ marketing tactics and want to identify and label the behavior.

From orbiting to roaching, ghosting to zombieing, how well versed are you in Gen Z dating trends?

1
Your date isn’t your usual type. You’re ________.
  1. a
    Resetting
  2. b
    Untyping
  3. c
    Undoing
  4. d
    Oystering
2
You get a text from a girl who ghosted you. She’s ________.
  1. a
    Vampireing
  2. b
    Goblining
  3. c
    Zombieing
  4. d
    Dragoning
3
They ghosted you, but still like your pics. They’re ________.
  1. a
    Orbiting
  2. b
    Staring
  3. c
    Sneak-peaking
  4. d
    Planeting
4
Your date pretended to be a feminist. He’s a ________.
  1. a
    Dogfish
  2. b
    Catfish
  3. c
    Wokefish
  4. d
    Penguinfish
5
Your GF won’t post you on social media. She’s ________.
  1. a
    Posting single
  2. b
    Non-posting
  3. c
    Soft launching
  4. d
    Under-sharing
6
Your date is secretly dating other people. They’re ________.
  1. a
    Mosquitoing
  2. b
    Roaching
  3. c
    Spidering
  4. d
    Wasping
7
He stops making concrete plans. You worry he’s ________.
  1. a
    Slow fading
  2. b
    Slow dating
  3. c
    Fast forwarding
  4. d
    Fast fading
8
It’s going well with the person you’re dating and you’re ready to take it to the next level and let your followers know you’re seeing someone by “soft-launching” your new SO. What do you post?
  1. a
    Post a headshot of your new partner
  2. b
    Post a close up of two wine glasses
  3. c
    Put their IG handle in your bio
  4. d
    Post a notes-app announcement
Your Score:
  • We get it, you’re in a long-term healthy relationship. No need to brag.
  • The odds tell us you’re destined for a meet-cute.
  • You’re not super into social media, we’re happy for you.
  • You may have been ghosted, but at least you haven’t been wokefished.
  • You’re still soft-launching yourself into the dating world, but at least you haven’t had to soft-launch a new partner yet.
  • You may be a serial dater, but you give great dating advice.
  • Maybe it’s time to try “untyping”.
  • Have you ever put a screen time limit on your dating apps?
  • Oof. You’re a methodical heartbreaker.