Thank U, Next
Ariana Grande said it herself. We can all be grateful for our exes and what they've taught us and embrace 2019 with a fresh perspective. If things didn't work out in 2018, it means we're stronger, wiser, and braver going into 2019. As pop culture lends itself to more female empowerment, I bet we'll see more instances of women taking control of their love lives and rejecting nonsense like ghosting and breadcrumbing.
Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider, coauthors of The Rules: Time Tested Secrets For Capturing the Heart of Mr. Right, want to remind women that they hold the cards, and if they want to meet in real life, they'll need to stop texting endlessly. "Women are getting fed up because they've been nice, allowing guys to text them to chat, without making firm plans," Fein told POPSUGAR. She explains that in the years to come, that's getting less and less acceptable. If a man is texting just to ask "what's up" and not making plans to see you, it's time to "next him." Schneider adds, "The leverage women have is the pleasure of their time, and when men get it, either in the form of chatting over text or social media engagement, it removes their urgency to ask a lady out on a real date." I like this concept; it basically says if you're giving them your attention before they've earned it, you're confusing them. In 2019, we'll stop being doormats and say "thank you, next" to those who haven't earned the pleasure of our company.