When it comes to the modern dating world, research suggests that those looking for The One are keeping their options open.  

A new study carried out by eHarmony Australia claims it’s now the norm to date an average of six people at one time.

Of course, “dating” doesn’t exactly mean what it used to. In today’s world, entertaining a Tinder match for more than a day or two may be considered “seeing someone" in the right circumstances. 

When those online interactions go south with one of our half a dozen suitors, however, the researchers say our tendency is to cut them loose without so much as a goodbye. 

In other words, we’re big on “ghosting,” the growing online dating trend where you simply stop answering someone’s messages and disappear without a trace.

The researchers said that over the past year, 64 percent of eHarmony users in Australia reported that they had been “ghosted”, while 51 percent admitted to ghosting someone.

“The research here and around the world shows there is a lot of dissatisfaction in the outcomes of many dating apps,” Nicole McInnes, director of eHarmony Australia, told Cosmopolitan.

Of course, eHarmony Australia positions itself as the solution to our dating woes, but it probably wouldn’t hurt to take a break from Tinder every now and then and try meeting people through more conventional methods – buzzed, at the bar, like the good old days.

h/t The Independent