It's the time of year that cuffers are dating up a storm and then begin to narrow down their prospects in hopes of having a guaranteed cuddle buddy by the time the first snow falls.
Even Drake is in on the cuffing game: "Damn, is it the fall?
So, until these folks work through their issues, they'll play out the issues of their parent/child relationship over and over. They just become less available, then you stop seeing them altogether.
The slow fade is a lot like ghosting and often has very similar causes to the catch and release. Rather than saying, "Hey, this is moving faster than I'm comfortable with. There are halfhearted attempts at conversation via text or Facebook for a little while, but eventually even that stops.
They keep texting you or Facebook messaging you, but there's no talk of planning a third date.