Do you know these 20 Most Popular Social Media Dating Terms?

Are you aware of the millennial dating? Of the most popular social media dating terms?

If you’re from the previous generation or someone who is simply not familiar with the new terms in this digital era, we got you covered. We’re here to share the 20 most popular social media dating terms.

You can either use this as a reference once you start dating on social media apps, or could even be a good conversation starter.

Now let’s get started!

Slide into DMs

The act of sending direct messages to someone on social media. This term is most likely to be used if the recipient is a stranger.


Sending of flirtatious messages, without the intention of having a relationship.


The act of cutting communication with someone, without any explanation.

DTR – Define The Relationship

Act wherein the couple is deciding what kind of relationship they should have.

Netflix and Chill

Dating on someone’s house while Netflix is on, usually leads to cuddling or other romantic activities.

Friends With Benefits

Friends who engage in romantic activities without commitment.

Cuffing Season

Season on which people want to be “cuffed” into a relationship. Happens during cold seasons.


Wishing on two individuals to have a romantic relationship.


When a committed person likes someone and is contacting them in case he/she breaks up with an existing partner. Thus, putting that person “on the bench.”


Happens when someone came back from ghosting but is having minimal interactions with that person on social media (e.g. liking posts).

BAE – Before Anyone Else

A term used to refer to a romantic partner.


Act of checking someone on his/her social media accounts, but have zero plans of messaging him/her.


Step on dating which the individuals are discovering if their compatibility is in “tune”.

OTP – One True Pairing

Don’t get confused this with One-Time Password. OTP is used to describe a long-term romantic couple.


Act of pretending to be interested, but their social interactions with the person say otherwise.


Coming back to someone after ghosting him/her.


Small acts that may be considered as being disloyal to one’s partner. Examples of this would be sending gifts, being touchy or other “too friendly” acts with the opposite sex.


Following someone’s life through his/her social media accounts, but has no plans of chatting with them.

NSA – No Strings Attached

Engaging in romantic acts without an emotional connection.


When someone keeps looking on their phone during the date.


When you’re already in a relationship, but has no plans of introducing them to your friends and family.


The act of making a fake account with a different identity. Usually used by internet predators who want to steal suggestive photos or money.

And there you go, the 20 most popular social media dating terms today. Have you experienced any of those mentioned above? Share your thoughts down below. You can also share this in your socials for further discussion.

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