While people say that love is a language understood by the heart, the language of love always evolves with time, just like the rules of dating.
In Puregold Channel’s hit digital series Ang Lalaki sa Likod ng Profile, the young lead stars Angge (Yukii Takahashi) and Bryce (Wilbert Ross) can easily navigate online spaces as they get to know each other. However, even though they have met in real life, Angge and Bryce still find it difficult to communicate their true feelings to each other.
Let’s explore the world of online dating slang, and hopefully keep up with the modern dating game.
Ghosting. It refers to the act of suddenly cutting off all communication with someone you see, without explanation. Like a ghost, you disappear, leaving the other person wondering what went wrong.
Catfishing. This word describes the act of creating a fake online persona—using someone else’s pictures and information to deceive others. In the world of virtual dating, one needs to be sure that the person they are talking to is who they say they are.
DTR. DTR is short for “relationship definition.” In the dating world. DTR is the conversation a couple has, to find out if they are on the same page and want to take things to the next level.
Swipe left / swipe right. People who have tried online dating applications are all too familiar with the act of swiping—the addictive act of scrolling through dating profiles and swiping right (if you’re interested) or left (if you want forward), based on a person’s photos and bio. .
Netflix and Chill. While the phrase sounds innocent, Netflix and Chill take on a more suggestive meaning in the dating world, often connoting a casual and intimate meeting rather than a simple movie viewing.
Strong thirst. On social media platforms, posting a good-looking photo with the intention of attracting attention and admiration from admirers and potential love interests is called a thirst trap.
Sliding into DMs. When a thirst trap catches your attention, or when you are interested in someone, you slide into DMs (direct messages) to start a private conversation and express your interest. Most of the success stories of online dating start with an easy but difficult step.
BAE. BAE, which means “in front of anyone,” is a term of endearment for a significant other, a way of expressing special feelings for someone they care deeply about.
IRL. Short for “in real life,” this means that a couple who have been talking online decide to meet someone face-to-face, an exciting move that can take the virtual connection to physical world.
Meet Cute. And when the IRL meeting happens, a potential pair can have a meet cute, or a cute and adorable encounter that can lead to a romantic connection.
In the recent episodes of Ang Lalaki sa Likod ng Profile, Angge and Bryce, are still stuck in the friend zone, have not DTR yet and continue to deny their feelings for each other.
Despite their online and IRL meet cute, it seems Angge’s ex Jerry and Bryce’s admirer-slash-stalker Chili Anne got in the way. In the next episode, will the two become each other’s bae?
Catch the next episode of the hit digital series, Ang Lalaki sa Likod ng Profile on July 3, 7 pm, on Puregold’s official YouTube Channel, and learn more not only about online dating, but about romance, friendship , and family.
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