"People have Internet relations for a long time and then elevate to phone calls.
Sometimes it takes a long time for a face-to-face encounter.
The fadeaway, a dating move in which you abruptly cut off communication with someone without explanation, is unequivocally rude…but often tempting. But you’re wrong about people being able to take hints.
This isn’t The Bachelor; this is real life, you might think. As Ellie Krupnick suggests at mic, all you need is one simple, formulaic text that will take you approximately three seconds out of your crazy hectic life to send.
I mean, you’re right about The Bachelor not being real life.
That's why you have to let him know you're not interested in moving forward romantically, so he can put his eggs in a more receptive basket.
Even horrible dates need a clean, definitive ending, because the only thing worse than having wasted your time on a bad date is wasting your time for days to come, answering his awkward booty texts and hang-out propositions, when you could have shut it all down in the time it takes you to brush your teeth.
You don't want to get serious with a guy who's using you to a) get over his ex, b) prove a point to his ex, or c) pretend you're his ex.