While your lady friends, your mom and your sister raise an eyebrow anytime you use the word “crazy” to explain a woman, the hard, cold facts are there: some women (er, people!) aren’t always the easiest to deal with.
There are rare occasions when a first date doesn’t go as swimmingly for you as it did for her, and for whatever reason, your kind gesture to befriend her instead isn’t working. No matter how polite you are, you conclude you have to resort to blocking her number with the hopes that she’ll get a clearer message. It sucks to have to go to that extreme, but since you only have one phone number for personal use, you don’t want her barking up your tree when you do meet someone you feel strongly about.
That’s why an app called Burner is such an amazing idea. The concept is simple: fake phone numbers until you know if you want that person to actually save — and use — your digits.
This free app generates a fake number for you to use when you’re handing it out on online dating sites, protecting your actual number from being tossed around. If you know it’s not going to work with your latest swipe-right, you can “burn” the number and create a new one, making you unreachable. (Though for etiquette’s sake, we do suggest telling her why it didn’t work out before ghosting on her completely, because, manners and um, karma.) If you do want to take the less-kind route, they also have a feature called “Ghostbot” that will send witty responses to that person for you, until they get the message that you’re not interested.
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As a bonus — not necessarily related to dating — you can use the app to fight against spam calls, credit card offers and all of the nonsense that you’d rather not deal with. Basically: your phone number is no longer bruised and abused, unlike your ego in the dating world.