Internet dating gone bad
It’s great that you can swipe on an app and find new dates quickly.What’s less great is how few of those dates seem to stick, and how chaotic the landscape can seem.Like most singles in the modern age, I have now met far more dating prospects online than anywhere else.But despite the swarms of matches over the years, I’ve never had an app date turn into an actual relationship. Many other singles I’ve spoken to have declared a “love-hate relationship” with dating apps.In fact, last summer’s app dates became so tangled up, I started a spreadsheet to keep track. I started to develop a theory that all that work of matching and meeting up is actually counterproductive.
“A lot of this relates to what we know about social networks,” says , a psychology professor at the University of Texas at Austin.
I stayed for 20 more mortifying minutes before faking a work emergency."- Serena, 24"This was all my fault. *person running away emoji*' which I accidentally texted to HIM.
This was awkward, especially because he was not late ... As he was coming out to meet me, my ex-boyfriend walked by, and we started chatting.
Telling your epic tale bonds you to your fellow bad-date survivors, and somehow makes you feel less alone. We’ve teamed up with NBC's Undateable to collect some stories about terrible bad dates and the lessons we've learned from them. (The bartender tipped me off to the exact number while the dude was in the bathroom.) I somehow still ended up going to another bar with him, where he proceeded to order guacamole and REFUSE to share it with me, while claiming he was going to 'Throw all the hipsters over the wall and into the street.' The worst part was that he wouldn't share his guac, IMHO."- Kelsea, 28"I once went on a blind date with a man who followed me to the gig I had afterwards, left to pee, came back an hour later very drunk, and revealed in the parking lot he had multiple felony assault charges! The bar we were at was having a trivia night; since we entered a round late, we came in last place.
Catch the special one-hour Season 3 premiere of Undateable on Friday, Oct. Google is your friend, ladies."- Emma, 24"I went on a date with a guy whose idea of romance was taking me to his family's church, where they were trying to break the record for a hymn-singing marathon. At this bar, the losing team (us) and the winning team (a couple on a legit good first date) had to participate in a 'physical challenge.' The announcer made me and the other girl blindfold our partners, and then he handed us gigantic cucumbers covered in peanut butter.