Chris* wouldn't stop texting me.
We matched on Tinder a couple of weeks ago and after a brief but funny conversation, I decided to give him my number because the app eats up my phone's battery and I preferred to text anyway.
We texted that evening and well into the following morning and then -- I don't know. I lost interest. He got boring. He wasn't that interesting. However you slice it, I just wasn't that into him and it was starting to show.
Except, well, I suck at letting people go. He'd message me asking me how my day was going and I'd take a couple hours to respond but I'd still hit the respond button. Maybe I'm too nice. Or maybe I just prefer to bench as opposed to ghost.
Thankfully, there's an app that makes ghosting infinitely easier. Meet Ghostbot.
The bot, which is an extension of the Burner app which creates fake phone numbers for you, talks to people you don't want to talk to for you and, theoretically, lets them down easy. It fizzles a conversation out by sending noncommittal responses. It benches someone without forcing you to do the dirty work and respond.
The best part, though, is that when Ghostbot perceives a conversation as “threatening,” it automatically blocks the person. Convenient, especially because you gave that person a fake number via Burner anyway.
I was intrigued. I decided to test it with my editor, who sent me progressively scary text messages.
The app picks from a selection of automated responses to respond. Although personally, I'd like to think there's a little man hand-typing each response on a screen. In fact, let's go with that.
The verdict? My editor still wants to stab me with a plastic fork and dilute all my Kylie lip kits. Maybe I should've just blocked her myself.
*Name has been changed.