Now more than ever, The Portland Mercury depends on your support to help fund our coverage. Please consider supporting local, independent, progressive media with a small monthly recurring contribution. Our staff is working morning, noon, and night to make your contributions count. I f love is a battlefield, the war is being waged online. Since online dating brings a fair share of complications to the search for love, we asked Mercury readers to submit their weirdest, wildest true stories of their experiences looking for romance on the internet. You can read that winning story at the end of this feature, and more horrifyingly hilarious tales of love—where else? I was 23, a super-hot babe. I seldomly used OkCupid but found a cute guy.
See, the added anonymity acts as a safety net for all kinds of weird. Keep this in mind as we go through the best Online Dating Horror Stories that we found. Now, this is hilarious. There are plenty of great openers out there on the web, aimed to help men and women spark a conversation online. In person this opener would be used as a self-amusement tool.
So, keep that in mind.
‘I drove from Hertfordshire to London for the date as I had work early the next ‘I’ve had a real array of bad dates from the socially awkward.
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We’ve rounded up the craziest stories from various Reddit threads And while we all inevitably have a rotten date or two under our belts, some dates take it from bad to horrific. “I was going on my first date with someone I had met online. “We had gone to high school together, so I vaguely knew of him.
What an excellent premise for a story. One of the recurring motifs of the piece is how difficult it can be to identify blots, since they seem, basically, like perfect men. How did this premise come to you, and what made it appealing to tackle in a fictional setting? I wrote my first blot story a few years ago, during one of my forays into online dating. And they felt more disposable, too, since I shared no social connections with them.
I could message with someone for a bit, then close the app and never think about them again. The efficiency of the app reduced dating to merely another transaction. My work often explores the notion of the uncanny and how technology, especially in the form of mediated communication and artificial intelligence, can tap into our deepest societal and personal anxieties.
A blot is basically a spam e-mail come to life. In the story, the process that the narrator goes through—trying to figure out whether Sam is a blot—is similar to the process anyone undergoes in determining whether their new partner is cool or a creep whose monstrousness will slowly unfurl.
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It’s never ‘just a date’. It’s rarely just a date. When a woman chooses to step out with a guy she met on Tinder for a drink, dinner or both, it’s never just a date.
This got weird real quick. Aaaand that’s me finished with online dating. from r/creepyPMs. Married at 18, 19,
Yes, dating disaster stories provide endless entertainment and torture, but boy-oh-boy they can be hard to endure. Happens to the best of us, right? Enjoy, and happy V-Day. Second ever date after a four-year relationship and this guy took me to a cool Japanese restaurant. We were a little early so they made us wait in their small bar area. As I went to stand up, I almost completely fell over as my foot was dead!
Every time I put my foot down and every time I tried to put pressure on it, I would roll my ankle the people behind me probably thought I was drunk. I then had a message from my best friend who I live with telling me that I had left my hair straightener on and set our apartment on fire and there were firetrucks outside our apartment. I was freaking out at this stage while attempting to try and walk to the table.
I knew you were on a date, but your mum called and I forgot to message you to tell you that. I only enjoyed one thing he ordered and had to pretend I loved it all. He seemed so impressed with himself. Poor guy. I had been kind of seeing this guy overseas.
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At 58, I was still trying to find my romantic footing after the agonizing end of a year marriage. When we met in person, I thought he looked attractive enough, though, yes, a bit dad-like. And he was an exceptional listener: attentive and full of questions, if a little too eager to please. They got me through my crappy childhood. I had been charmed by his texts, but in person I was wearying of what seemed like his forgone conclusion — that we were already a match.
15 People Share Their Worst Online Dating Experiences. We got along okay, the conversation went well, and in the course of the date, he asked me about bad dates I’ve been on. I brought up ‘I had just gone for a walk.
Being single in any city is a bummer, but being single in Calgary and over 30 is something else entirely. I think I can speak on behalf of the single and over 30 demographic in Calgary; that is complete garbage. This is the biggest finding from moving here. You know the one; model body, pretty face, well travelled, well educated, good job, great family, completely flawless. Absolutely not, swipe no, way too much baggage.
My view now? The exact opposite. Wow, a man that can actually commit. Point number one is a huge reason why I view divorced men as a positive now. Like I said, people get married and settle down really early in Calgary. Honestly, welcome to dating. You just have to figure out if your baggage can match their baggage. One of my favourite things to ask someone is why their last relationship ended.
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Petersburg and Saransk. What a liar. A final error on my part was allowing him to walk me home. He then turned up at my flat saying we should go to the cinema, like he had said in one of his million texts. Not okay. Then he saw I had a picture with a guy friend from university who had come to stay. In the morning I had to go straight to a brunch thing so asked to use his shower.
I was horrified, so after a few minutes I made my excuses, got a taxi and left. He then basically interrogated me about the kind of cancer my dad had, before moving on to discussing his existential crisis for about three or four hours, basically treating me like a therapist. It was going well — we worked in similar fields and loved the same music and shows.
He explained to me that he was nervous because he was constantly used to having drunken one night stands and not used to getting to know someone. Second time we were staying over I went to his place.