Maybe you just love the taste of a bulky, juicy burger, with cheese dripping down the side. Maybe you can’t imagine life without biting into the salty bliss of bacon. Maybe you even fantasize about that succulent steak fresh from the grill, covered in mushrooms and drizzled in butter.

 

But many all over the country are giving it up. According to the 2017 Top Trends in Prepared Foods report, published by research firm Global Data, there has been a 600 percent increase in Americans who have either stopped eating meat or become completely vegan since 2014. Why in the world would they give up the savory salaciousness?

Here Are 10 Good Reasons to Give Up Meat

Millennials' Get Out of Jail Free Card

By Morgan Brizee

We met on the app Bumble in August 2017. In two days, were off the app, texting and snapping with each other. He checked every box. College graduate. Employed. Own place.

 

It didn’t hurt that he was hot. Full dark beard. Milk chocolate hair, long enough to run my fingers through. About 6-foot-2. Muscular. Tatted up. The sleeve is my thing.

 

In two weeks, we were meeting at Aniki, a sushi spot in Fremont, halfway between my home in Danville and his in Morgan Hill. We talked all night. I didn’t realize it was 2 a.m. until I decided to glance at the clock in his car. We stopped making out and I left.

 

The next weekend, I was parking my car at a Safeway parking lot in Morgan Hill, hopping in his mundane sedan with my purse and overnight bag. He said his place didn’t have enough parking for my car. Yes, he invited me to stay at his house. Yes. I went. No, I don’t remember his name.

 

I know. I know.

We arrive at his home, which was the guesthouse of one of his hockey students. So he said. The tour was quick and immediately turned into another make out session. Then sex. Then cuddling. Then his phone rang.

 

I told him it was cool to answer but he ignored it. But when the voicemail alert went off, he jumped off the bed to listen. It was his mother. His grandfather had a heart attack. She told him to hurry to the hospital. So he said.

 

Some 10 minutes after my orgasm, I was hustling to grab my things so we could leave. We rushed out of his house. He dropped me off at my car. He didn’t get out to say goodbye. No hug. No kiss. I drove an hour and a half worried about him, hoping his grandfather was ok.

The next morning, I checked my Snapchat to see if he looked any of my snaps. He hadn’t. Then I looked at my contacts, and he wasn’t there anymore. Then I realized he blocked me. I checked Instagram. Blocked there, too. It hit me.

 

I had been ghosted. Fuck online dating.

 

In this moment, I couldn’t help but miss my high school sweetheart and I understood what was being lost in this world of online dating. In search of the romance I remembered from my teenage years, I – like many others – enter into the digital world of superficiality and lust. No romance. No chemistry. No relationship development. The best parts of dating have been hijacked, love at first sight and talking in person have been swapped out for swiping left and right. Being single requires sticking your toe into waters that are creepy and dangerous.

 

In this space, ghosting is regular. It is a regular part of the millennial vernacular because doing such a thing has been normalized. Ghosting is when a person you have interacted with flat out disappears from your digital world. The texts, instant messages and DMs stop coming.

It goes even deeper.

They block your number.

 

They block you on social media.

 

It is cowardly way of declaring you are done. Gone are the days when you broke up with someone to their face.

 

While ghosting may seem new, it isn’t, but it has increased by approximately 60 percent since 2014 according to a October 2014 poll by The Huffington Post and according to Fortune.com article by Valentina Zarya.

 

“A new survey released by dating site Plenty of Fish finds that 78 percent of single Millennials—or people on the site between the ages of 18 and 33—have been ‘ghosted’ at least once,” according to Fortune.com article by Valentina Zarya said. “About 80 percent of Millennial Singles Have Been Victims of ‘Ghosting.’”

 

Some might say that “ghosting” is not at the fault of online dating but millennials. Some people might think that it is millennials who can’t get the courage to turn someone down and turn to “ghosting” instead. In reality, online dating provides the resource to ghosting. Online dating has made it seem OK to ghost one another.

 

“The extensive number of people we're able to meet now, paired with the convenience of hiding behind a device, and lower likelihood of running into someone after a breakup, are all points that we can attribute to the rising trend of ghosting in younger generations,” according to bustle.com article titled “Here’s How Many Millenials Have Been Ghosted By Someone They Were Dating” by Natalia Lusinski.

 

Be careful out there, it is a ghostly world.

© 2018 Naked Magazine. A student publication of Las Positas College

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