Are one night stands more prevalent now? I'd have to say yes because of the anonymity and simplicity of the hook up. It's like a transaction rather than a date where two people move toward sex. With the hook-up it predetermined. I guess the whole thing with hooking-up is that it seems too easy.
For me the definition of gaslighting makes me think of politicians, door-to-door salesmen, and leaders of Ponzi schemes. All, to me, can be a bit slimy, manipulative, selfish, and protective of only their best interests.
There may be some blushing and stuttering but hey if you like the guy what have you got to lose? Guys, especially the ones dubbed the "nice guys", lack the ability to know whether you like them or not. Signals and flirting are difficult to read and understand. They need to be told in a straight forward way--not pushy or bitchy--always stay classy but don't be afraid to ask.