What does dating on the rebound mean
And if the rebound relationship is with a rewarding, high-quality partner, then that partner can gradually replace the ex in their lives.If, however, the new relationship is not particularly rewarding, then the rebound relationship can backfire.
In terms of how rebounds might play a role, again, it really depends on how rewarding those rebound relationships are.
In the research with on-again/off-again couples, dating experiences during “off” periods was one of the more common reasons people gave for wanting to give their ex another try.
It seems that after people break up, unrewarding dating experiences can make them feel like their other dating options aren’t as good as they thought, making their exes more appealing by comparison.
On the other hand, when people fail to connect with new partners, it can make them long powerfully for the familiarity of an ex, particularly if they found the ex to be deeply rewarding in the past.
Under these circumstances, people sometimes do decide to give their old flame another go—assuming the ex is also willing, of course.