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NAVARRO, Raúl; LARRANAGA, Elisa; YUBERO, Santiago  and  VILLORA, Beatriz. Ghosting and breadcrumbing: prevalence and association with online dating behavior among young adults. Escritos de Psicología [online]. 2020, vol.13, n.2, pp.46-59.  Epub Sep 20, 2021. ISSN 1989-3809.

The present study is part of a large study analyzing the prevalence of ghosting and breadcrumbing in sample of Spanish adults aged between 18 and 40 years. The study was split into different papers to better organize and understand the data obtained. The present paper investigated the prevalence of ghosting and breadcrumbing and associations between ghosting and breadcrumbing behavior and online dating practices. The results showed that half the participants were unfamiliar with the terms ghosting and breadcrumbing. However, approximately two in every 10 participants reported having experienced and initiated ghosting, and slightly more than three in every 10 participants had experienced or initiated breadcrumbing in the last 12 months. Regression analyses showed that the use of online dating sites/apps, more short-term relationships, and practicing online surveillance increase the likelihood of experiencing, as well as initiating, ghosting and breadcrumbing.

Keywords : ghosting; breadcrumbing; young adults; online dating; mobile apps.

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