(Link): Dating App Horror Stories That Will Make You Feel Thankful You Are Single on Valentine’s Day by D. Cho
As if dating wasn’t hard enough, dating apps have found a way to turn things from hard to damn near impossible. Between dodging catfishes to praying your date is a real person and not a bot, the odds of finding love through an app can feel pretty low.
But there’s no reason to give up — dating can help build character … right? Fortunately for you, these online daters have decided to share their worst dating app experiences so you don’t have to feel alone, reminiscing about the times you wish you never swiped right.
“After going on too many first dates that weren’t panning out, including one where I drove 40 minutes to hear a guy brag about illegally squatting in a foreclosed house for a year, I decided to filter the guys I date like I do for work. (I sometimes cast guys for dating shows.)
Instead of meeting immediately, I would do a 10-minute video or Skype call to assess them, which also gave them an opportunity to see if they would be interested in me.
The first guy that I video chatted with, who said that he worked in tech, really meant that he had an app idea and drove for a rideshare service. I noticed that he had a stuffed Elmo doll behind him in his apartment, so I asked him about that. ‘Oh this guy? He’s part of my collection…’ he said and then proceed to show me his entire stuffed animal selection.
There’s nothing wrong with a 30-something year old man who has a stuffed animal selection, but alas, he was not for me.”
“It was my first date in five years since being widowed.
I met the guy on Zoosk and we had good enough conversations for me to want to meet him for a date.
We each lived 45 minutes away from the restaurant we chose but I made sure I looked cute.
“I even FaceTimed a guy friend for his opinion. I got there on time but he wasn’t there when I arrived. After 30 minutes passed, he had not called.”
“I was pissed, but not stupid … I called him to tell him I was leaving soon and he apologized for being late; he said he’d be there in 10 minutes. When he arrived I was in shock. He looked nothing like the photos on his profile.”
“I said nothing.”
“The conversation was okay, but there was a lot of baggage and many sexual innuendos. After the date, he walked me to my car and then tried to make out with me. He asked me out again and I said no.”
❤ (Link): Instagram is Making Valentine’s Day Even Lonelier by Margaret Renkl