Dating apps: Can’t live with them, can’t live without them. But seriously, sometimes things go so wrong—like endless date with a cringe-worthy guy wrong—that you can’t help but wonder why you’re on the app in the first place.
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. So the next time you go on a seriously awful date you’ll know that you’re not alone. We’re right here with you.
The guy who *really* likes spreadsheets.
“I went on a four-hour (FOUR-HOUR) Tinder date with a match who proceeded to walk me through the intricacies of Excel. Every day he charted his height, weight, what he ate that day, what he weighed, what he read, watched, who he talked to, etc. For. Four. Hours.” -Jo, 22
“I met a guy on Tinder and drove to a different state just to meet up with him. When I found him on Facebook later that night—after we hooked up—I realized he was cheating on his girlfriend with me. Not OK!” -Ellen, 22
The long-lost creeper.
“A group of us went to Miami for spring break, where we used Tinder as a way to figure out where to go each night. One of my matches, let’s call him Alex, seemed nice and helpful—but I never actually met up with him in person. 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. Um, no?” -Amanda, 23
The “dynamic duo.”
“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. Which one is it?’—when one of them (we’ll call him Alan) replied, ‘Does that line actually work for you?’ Then another replied, ‘What Alan said.’ Apparently, they were friends who happened to be together when I messaged them both the same thing! I was mortified, so I blocked them—it was the first thing I could think to do.” -Veronica, 22
“After chatting on Tinder for a couple of weeks, I decided to grab drinks with this guy at a local bar. I was a few beers and a couple hours in when I decided to call it a night. The guy judged me for yawning and put two more beers in front of me—then he guilt-tripped me for ‘making him come out of his way to meet for such a short date.’ A few days later—when I hadn’t responded to any of his texts or Tinder messages—he texted me and called me out for being ‘that rude type of girl who ghosts men for no reason.’ Ew.” -Shauna, 23
The absolutely ugh-worthy.
“I used to use OkCupid, and guys who were way older than me would always message me weird things (one actually propositioned me for a sugar daddy situation). Then one day, a guy messaged me, ‘$300.00?’ That was it. That was his opening line. I’m sorry, but implying I’m a prostitute is going to get you nowhere.” -Emily, 22
“Once a guy insisted that I tell him my SAT score when I was talking about my job in college admissions. I thought that was super weird and didn’t want to, but he kept asking so I finally told him. Then he made a big deal about telling me his, which was 50 points higher. OK, cool, whatever. He also told me that he got a soccer scholarship at the school where I work, but decided to go to a different college. The next day I looked up his name in our database. DENIED with an SAT score waaaaay below what he’d told me!” -Jessi, 25
The guy who bet on his own date, March Madness-style.
“I had one guy bring his entire office to our first date because they had an office pool going about how it would go and didn’t trust him to be honest. We were sitting at a table in the dining room, and I noticed a bunch of people perched around the bar, watching us. I was working at a research center for war and genocide at the time, and I guess enough people at the office thought I’d be super depressing, so they made an office pool, March Madness-style. I found out about it because I made some sort of inappropriate joke, and he followed up his laugh with, ‘You’re about to lose a bunch of people in my office a bunch of money.’ I made it about 30 minutes until he started pointing out specific people in the bar and telling me what sort of plans he was going to make with them for us (some many months in advance). I went into the bathroom, called my roommate, and had her come get me. Haven’t online-dated since.” -Christen, 27
The guy with conveniently bad timing.
“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. Before telling me—during sex—that he had athen when I kicked him out, he asked me for my Wi-Fi password so he could get an Uber.”