A Filipino politician is trying to create a law that would make the act of “ghosting” a form of emotional abuse and a criminal offense.
The term “ghosting” became popular in 2015 when it was reported that actress Charlize Theron ended a relationship with Sean Penn by cutting off all communication with him.
It started in the online dating world where singles were frozen — not just treated silently, but blocked.
Now, Negros Oriental Representative Arnolfo Teves Jr. has introduced House Bill No. 611 to end the practice, which CNN says “creates feelings of rejection and neglect.”
“Studies have shown that any kind of social rejection activates the same pain pathways in the brain as physical pain, meaning there is a biological link between rejection and pain. That goes for friends and partners alike,” he said.
“It can be likened to a form of emotional cruelty and should be punished as an emotional offense.”
Mr. Teves Jr. has not proposed a penalty for the offense at this time.
Speak with Independent.ie In 2019, psychotherapist Stella O’Malley said “ghosting” is a regressive act.
video of the day
“It’s a real sign of, ‘I can’t handle conflict, so I just let go. It’s not a psychologically appropriate response to anything. When you have a problem and you’re an adult, at some level you will agree to disagree and move on,” she said.
“Ghosting is not civilized. It’s a reflection of tech life. Delete and block. That’s it – gone. Cut. It takes away the very real possibility that you are both a little bit wrong. It’s perfectly fair. It is very arrogant to assume that the other person has nothing to enlighten you on how things went wrong. Some have decided that being spirit is easier than being direct.
“It’s a very superficial response from someone who rejects civilized human discourse.”
https://www.independent.ie/style/sex-relationships/ever-been-ghosted-a-politician-wants-to-make-it-a-criminal-offence-41868586.html Ever ghosted? A politician wants to make it punishable