Online dating is nothing short of a minefield. It's pretty terrifying that you can basically end up sat opposite someone that you don't know anything about, trapped in any manner of awkward situations. From catfishes to ghosts, to orbiters, looking for love via the internet is certainly not for the faint of heart.
But one story that's gone viral this week really proves just how creepy some people out there can be. One man shared a text interaction with a potential date on Twitter, and, for anyone who's attempted to enter the dating app scene before, it'll send a chill down your spine. Keep reading, and prepare to be totally freaked out.
For many singletons out there, finding love is a priority.The problem with trying to find love? It's basically a living nightmare at every turn.
Because, in order to find a prince, you've got to date a lot of frogs.It seems like the universe isn't willing to put the right person in front of you until you've met a lot of the wrong ones first.
But if you thought that dating itself was bad ...Well, first of all, you've got to find someone to date. In the past, many couples met in bars, at farmer's markets, or through friends of friends. But that's simply not the case anymore.
Nowadays, if you want a date, there's really only one place that you can go.You're going to have to endure the endless, disappointing journey through the various dating apps.
Anyone's who's been on the apps will tell you that they're the worst.Basically, they act as a neverending reminder that people are, generally, trash.
Apps can be a neverending source of disappointment.Either people don't look anything like their pictures, they're still obsessed with their ex, or they tell you that they like you and then disappear forever into the ether. It's a jungle out there.
But sometimes apps are more than just disappointing.Sometimes, they're actually pretty scary. If someone that you meet on an app falls a little too hard, it can often feel weirdly stifling and even a little threatening.
And one story this week has given the internet the heebie-jeebies.Honestly, if you're a dating app user, this story is basically a horror movie come to life. You have been warned.
Our story comes from Twitter.
via: TwitterThis Twitter user, known as Eric D, works for MTV, and often tweets about his hilarious dating escapades.
He lives in New York City.Which, as any New Yorker will tell you, is one of the most difficult dating atmospheres on Earth. Maybe it's because everyone is so busy and stressed all the time?
Eric often tweets about his dating mishaps.
Dating in NYC: Guy 1: want to grab a drink? Me: sure when? Guy 1: I’m not available, sorry Guy 2: let’s get foo… https://t.co/fHOIeq4b08— Eric D (@Eric D)1556029840.0
But his latest story has really blown up.
*Goes on first date, scared he’ll ghost but instead gets this text* https://t.co/3horiipUv9— Eric D (@Eric D)1565791063.0
For those who don't get it ...Essentially, the man is asking Eric to allow him to know every time he's ever read, and not replied, to a text. Pretty stalkerish behavior, right?
And people have found it pretty weird.
@EricD14 https://t.co/qnopG3cVGf— Wyatt Harms✨ (@Wyatt Harms✨)1565793055.0
Many are pretty worried for Eric's safety.
@EricD14 https://t.co/RXoOxnOawH— k♡dee (@k♡dee)1565828494.0
Others made this joke.
@EricD14 You thought you were in a ghost story and instead it was true crime— Bedder (@Bedder)1565812117.0
Another pointed out this irony.In his desperation to know exactly when he can expect a reply from Eric, it seems like this unfortunate dater has ensured that they'll never get texted again.
One made this point.
@MarieDozier6 @EricD14 I ONLY turn read receipts for ppl that need to know I’m ignoring them— Carlitasway1031 (@Carlitasway1031)1565805614.0
It seems like Eric hasn't been put off dating, though.
Every guy I’ve ever talked to or matched with to me over the past 3 days: https://t.co/jMm3KijPjk— Eric D (@Eric D)1566054806.0
Although some are a little concerned for him!
@EricD14 Maybe you're too nice because you attract some *truly* chaotic dating energy— Ryan Khosravi ✨ (@Ryan Khosravi ✨)1565802345.0