If online acquaintances suddenly cut off contact, it can leave deep marks. What those affected have been through, what the expert advises – and why ghosting can sometimes be the right step.
By Matthias Kreienbrink
After five months, Francesca suddenly has no news from Stefan, who is called differently, but like everyone involved is anonymized in the text. “It became a relationship,” said the 22-year-old. They met at school and then wrote to Whatsapp or Instagram every day. Then all of a sudden there was no response. He no longer answered the phone, did not answer any message. “What I did wrong was my first thought,” Francesca says today, three years later.