1. the appearance of a ghost or secondary image on a television or other display screen.
2. the practice of suddenly ending all contact without explanation, especially in a romantic relationship (as above), though it has also been happening more and more often in job situations (like this example).
2018 article says it's partly because of a strong job market, where job candidates have more options.
"While no one formally tracks such antics, many businesses report that 20 to 50 percent of job applicants and workers are pulling no-shows in some form ... To some extent, employees are giving employers a taste of their own medicine. During and after the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009, when unemployment reached 10 percent, many firms ignored job applicants and never followed up after interviews."Have you ever ghosted someone or a company? Have you ever been ghosted? Tell me about it. It's so far out of my experience that I couldn't have dreamed it up. I guess I'm old ... and old-fashioned.