“I was seeing someone for a few months and it was going well, but it felt like the dust had started to settle a bit,” Anna, a cushioner who didn’t want to disclose her full name for personal reasons, told the Tab.
“I still liked him, but wasn’t entirely sure I wanted him to be my boyfriend and was in limbo.
“I go on dates with him before I go out with ‘A team,’ literally as a practice round.” Cushioning is the most recent term young people have come up with to articulate petty dating practices instead of communicating like rational adults.
Previous trends have included “ghosting,” where people gradually stop responding to messages and then disappear on their romantic interests, and “breadcrumbing,” where singles continue to leave traces of hope for dating prospects that they’re not actually that interested in.
Meanwhile, Rosie believes cushioning lets her channel her neurosis on guys she’s not that interested in, while still keeping her cool with her main flame.
“When I really like a guy, I find a ‘B team’ guy to keep on the side to channel my crazy,” Rosie told the Tab.
This term may also refer to two or more people who have already decided they share romantic or sexual feelings toward each other.
But, we are technically not exclusive (meaning, we talked prior to sleeping together and said that we were both able to date others, if we wanted).
However, we talked more recently and we both said that we aren’t dating anyone else, but we didn’t explicitly say that we are exclusive.
Dating is a stage of romantic or sexual relationships in humans whereby two people meet socially, possibly as friends or with the aim of each assessing the other's suitability as a prospective partner in a more committed intimate relationship or marriage.
It can be a form of courtship that consists of social activities done by the couple.