called “Hooked,” revolves around people being kept “on the hook,” romantically speaking, by members of the show’s central gang of friends. right now” is the phrase the pals keep using to string these people along, the “right now” leaving the door cracked open just enough that apparently some poor guy is willing to continue to do Robin’s laundry and rub her feet for the vague possibility of a someday relationship.This does not make the friends look very good, obviously, but keeping track of and keeping in touch with alternative romantic prospects is a common thing for humans to do, even if it is rarely in such an exaggerated, sitcommy way.On the one hand, it makes a certain primal sense to explore all the potential mates available, to be sure to get the best deal.But having one long-term partner helps offspring survive, in the rough-and-tumble caveman world often invoked by evolutionary psychology.Maybe you periodically check in with them, just to see how they’re doing, or keep an eye on their Facebook relationship status to see if they’re still available.
Dibble notes that sometimes backburners know they’re backburners and sometimes they don’t—I suppose it depends on whether the communication in question is more artful than a “hey, what’s up? There are a couple of competing evolutionary imperatives at play when it comes to keeping people on the backburner.
Forty-five percent of participants reported texting backburners, 37 percent reported talking to them on Facebook.
Thirteen percent of people still picked up the phone and called the person they were stringing along, and piddling percentages of people kept up with backburners through email, Skype, or Twitter.
“Now your quality of alternatives has shrunk just a bit.
You know, that person you dated for a little while, but never really cut ties with.