Well, SELF asked to hear your dating app horror stories, and you guys answered.
Below are some upsetting, embarrassing, and generally terrible online dating tales SELF readers experienced IRL.
Haven't online-dated since." -Christen, 27"A year or two ago, I went out with a guy who actually was very nice, charming (British), and he took me on three dates.
Fetishes often come up among online daters because it’s an anonymous and sexually charged dating arena. My college roommate was texting with someone she met on Coffee Meets Bagel when the conversation turned sketchy. ” and pretty much the stuff someone asks if they’re planning to rob or murder you. The next day, he said, “I don’t mean to be weird, but I think I saw you getting your mail the other day.” It turns out he lived three doors down. Allison is a single New Yorker, which means she’s a pretty tough chick. When his beer arrived, he paid for it, downed it, and ended the date before it’d even really begun.One guy, however, took his foot fetish to incredibly inappropriate levels on his movie date with Naughtynurse99. The guy found out they lived in the same area of Fort Lauderdale, and he had a lot of follow-up questions about her exact location. However one extremely rude first date left her reeling and wondering what went wrong. That kind of ego-crushing, jaw-dropping douchery is what many people fear when online dating.She packed a little picnic of wine and Cheez-Its to make it extra cute, but her date was totally undeserving of the effort.He chugged the wine immediately and made fun of her for liking Cheez-Its (while eating them by the handful).It’s too easy for online daters to be superficial jerks to one another.
One of my guy friends actually got stood up after driving 40 minutes to meet a girl who just never texted him back. One online dater thought getting in the car of the girl he’d met online was a good idea, but the rest of the date proved him wrong.
He was still chatting happily even as I fast-walked to my car.
Cringeworthy dating tales, like mine, are fun to talk about but hellish to live through.
Maybe she was kidnapped on her way to the restaurant. She started off the date by having an hour-long phone call and screaming about her baby daddy. After driving around for a while, she asked her date if it was OK if she smoked for a minute.
He assumed she meant she wanted to smoke pot and told her to go right ahead. “Then I hear this popping crackling sound,” he wrote.
A year later, I get a call from Alex, asking if he can travel cross-country to visit me, stay in my house, and meet my parents. " -Amanda, 23"I was using the same opening line on Bumble for every guy—' You can only listen to one song for the rest of your life. '—when one of them (we'll call him Alan) replied, ' Does that line actually work for you?