The term "cloaking" was coined by Londoner Rachel Thompson "after a truly terrible dating experience" on Hinge. In a video for Mashable, she describes it as such: "It’s being stood up but, like, extra." That means, along with standing you up for a planned date, they unmatch with you on dating apps (so all the convos you’ve had disappear), and also block you on other apps you’ve communicated on. She likens this practice to donning a Harry Potter invisibility cloak.
By waiting and waiting and waiting to commit to someone, our capacity for love shrinks and withers. This doesn't mean that women or men should marry the first reasonable person to come along, or someone with whom they are not in love. But we should, at a much earlier age than we do now, take a serious attitude toward dating and begin preparing ourselves to settle down. For it's in the act of taking up the roles we've been taught to avoid or postpone––wife, husband, mother, father––that we build our identities, expand our lives, and achieve the fullness of character we desire.