Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 26) — A lawmaker has filed a bill seeking to declare the act of “ghosting” — or ending communication with someone without explanation — a form of emotional abuse.
“Studies have shown that social rejection of any kind activates the same pain pathways in the brain as physical pain, meaning there's a biological link between rejection and pain.
“It can be likened to a form of emotional cruelty and should be punished as an emotional offense,” he added.
In an interview with CNN Philippines' The Final Word on Wednesday, Teves also explained the emotional abuse caused by ghosting is also detrimental to the nation's productivity.
The lawmaker added he did not indicate any proposed penalty as he needs to consult his colleagues in further refining the measure.
We can an impose a penalty of community service for offenders to realize that ghosting is not right," Teves said.
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