To members of Ghosters Anonymous, Carter continued, "Until you close the door and close it completely, I can hold on to that tiny unrealistic shred of hope that you DO still want to hang out, and that maybe you’ll call (text, who am I kidding, nobody calls anymore and I hate it) and it’ll all be great." But Greg Behrendt, author of the best-selling book turned movie, , firmly believes that silence speaks louder than any words could.

"What I find weird is that there has to be an explanation after two dates.

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do Dating is, in some ways, a metaphor for Halloween.

('Tis the season, go with me here.) Trick-or-treaters go from house to house, tasting all different types of "candy" (aka men or women) until they're completely exhausted. In a 2012 study, researchers identified seven types of breakup strategies.

It’s always a blow, but you can get over it in a few days.

When the ghost disappears, you spend the first few days wondering when you’re going to get a text back and then weeks trying to figure out what went wrong.

Yes, lack of response from someone you're digging feels crappy. Behrendt doesn't think so -- and he can't understand why humans can't apply the same understanding about changed feelings to relationship as they do to virtually everything else. about a band, about a food, about certain things you thought were fun that you don’t think are fun anymore.

But it becomes so profound in relationships like, 'that's never happened in the history of relationships and why would he just walk away?

Chelsea, a 25-year-old Manhattanite who has been both a ghost and a ghostee says the fast-paced, onto-the-next mentality of online dating makes the need for an "it's not me, it's you," conversation irrelevant.

"Even after one or two dates they are still just a profile to you, not a person.

It's simple, and there's no need to contemplate the many "reasons" a date is unresponsive, he explained.

"When someone's not texting you and you see they've read your text, then you should The idea that a direct message is necessary to cement a relationship’s end is yet another obfuscation.

' Well haven’t you just walked away from a million different things in your life because you weren’t into it? On the flip side, Levkoff feels offering an explanation -- even if it's a short one -- is just part of being a standup woman or man.