Rebound relationships are like every other relationship, except that in this case, one person is being used either as a balm to heal the pain caused by someone else or as a distraction to overcome a heart break.

When it’s just the two of you together, you are like an invincible roommate.

Nobody deserves to be on the receiving end of this kind of situation. Imagine how humiliating it would be to realise that someone you genuinely care for doesn’t exactly feel the same way, for reasons that are not your fault.

To be on the safe side, here are some very telling signs you should look out for if you want to know whether you are in a rebound relationship.

1.  S/He shows you off a lot: Although it’s really sweet to be dating someone who likes you a lot and enjoys showing you off to his/her buddies. But it gets really weird if s/he always wants to take pictures with you multiple times a day to share on social media with some rather dramatic captions. S/he literally wants to capture every single moment s/he spends with you on camera and share them with everyone (or someone in particular). This could be an indication that s/he’s still hung up on his/her ex and wants him/her to know s/he has moved on and is now ‘very’ happy in his/her new relationship. Of course, that’s a lie, because if s/he has moved on, s/he wouldn’t be hell bent on trying to make his/her ex jealous instead of actually enjoying his/her relationship with you. 

2. S/he ignores you when you’re alone: When it’s just the two of you together, you are like an invincible roommate, except of course when s/he needs to take a selfie with you for the gram. When you guys are with friends, you’re like the best couple ever, but when alone, you’re either taking pictures or having sex. No deep conversations about the future, no major plans, nothing. The relationship is just like a leaf floating on water and going nowhere exactly.

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3. S/he talks about his ex all the time: You’d think you’re in a relationship with their ex because s/he somehow features in all of your conversations. Even when you're discussing something as basic as what to eat for dinner, s/he’ll somehow end up relating it to his/her ex’s this or that.