Five years ago telling your mates you were online dating would’ve made them feel weird and a bit sorry for you. A cringe-worthy admission of the highest order. The sort of stuff losers did. Not anymore.
In 2012 the advent of Tinder destigmatised online dating forever. Singletons the world over sprouted balls, dug deep and found the courage to admit they were hooking up with guys and gals online. Safety in numbers and all that.
And why the heck not, eh? Back in the day people employed the services of matchmakers to find love, there were debutant balls, and if things got really bad, a minging cousin might become available. These days we lead busy independent lives. It can be hard to meet someone. Internet dating cuts out the middleman; it’s efficient and to the point. “Do you want to go on a date?” “Yes, I want to go on a date.” “Let’s go on a date.” Simples.
Of course, in the now vast world of dating possibilities comes a universe of undesirable weirdos. There are all kinds of oddballs lurking behind the veil of the internet pretending they’re someone they’re not…or, simply being themselves, irrespective of whether their behaviour violates social boundaries and makes people feel unsafe.
Recently a thread on AskReddit entitled, “What’s Your Tinder Horror Story?” prompted over 4,000 users to come forward and share their experiences with the world.
We’ve rounded up some of the strangest, funniest responses for you:
“Matched with my cousin.” DonsMagic
“My buddy isn’t the smartest man. He picked a chick up and drove to a motel. They were walking into the room and she says, “I forgot my purse in the car do you mind if I go grab it?” He says, “yeah that’s fine,” and tosses her the keys. 5 minutes later he walks outside wondering where she is and his car is gone.” Pointynipples69
“Showed up to the restaurant, waited about 30 minutes. Ordered myself some food and was about to leave when he texted me: “there’s a liquor store across the street from the restaurant, can you pick me up 2 six packs?” I told him I wouldn’t. He says he’s decided to play frisbee with his dog instead. Deleted app, went to liquor store, picked up wine and went home. He texted me for a month or so after to tell me he’s just bought tickets to see me dance (I’m a retired ballerina, haven’t been in anything for a few years). Then he texts me an hour after and tells me how great I was on stage. I never responded.” buttermuseum
“Met a girl at her work at like, a moment’s notice (she was a waitress and there was literally nobody else in the entire place). We talked for a few hours, then another dude shows up… to meet her. From Tinder. She would later blog about the experience and describe me as “dull and unattractive”. kryptx
“Met a guy on tinder after ending a 6 year relationship. I made it extremely clear that I was in no hurry to rush into a relationship, that I wanted to get to know him better. We ended up dating a few months later after he constantly begged me to date him. Everything was great. I was actually really happy with him. Was actually going to take him home for Christmas (we had been together about 6 mo). Last Monday I got a facebook message from a random girl. Screenshots included. BF had made plans to go out with her Tuesday, she had found his facebook, which had very clearly said we were in a relationship. Bless this little Tinder angel’s heart for messaging me. Confront BF, go through phone (not like me), find extremely graphic sexual texts between him and at least 2 other girls besides Tinder girl. BF says he was so insecure and worried that I didn’t want to be with him that he wanted this false security. Broke up with him.” amilliphillips
“I went on a date with a guy and the entire time he was talking about how men are superior and how there have been scientific studies to show that “women have an emotional reaction to the colour red when they see it”. I wonder why he was single..” ilovedawgs
“Last summer I met this girl who seemed pretty normal for a quick coffee date. During the actual date part she proceeded to monologue about religion, her family’s money, her exes, her dream wedding and our future relationship. I’m from a pretty left-leaning country myself, but that was one too many red flags for me, so I gently turned her down. To my surprise she refused my rejection and said it had to be a “joint decision”. After arguing about my rejection I pretty much ran away. She called me at midnight the same day and told me that I had to go to a second date. Luckily I was literally leaving the continent the next day for a few weeks. She called me 10 times during my trip and sent me about 20 messages trying to set up the next date. She still texts me every once in a while and I’m still afraid.” Demogais
“Went on a date with a girl who had already told her whole family about me, before we even met. And she wanted me to meet them in person on the first date. Nope.” WolfofPortland
“I needed a date to passover dinner with my friends. He wore a vest and a news boy hat, then introduced himself with a bow and a hat flourish. The night only got worse from there. He refused to eat any of the food because “things on the plate were touching” (It was soup) and wouldn’t shut his mouth during the 12 minutes of seder. When it came time for his train home he purposely missed it so he could stay the night. HAHA NOPE. After a movie with uncomfortable levels of hoverboob, I convinced my friend to come with me to drive him to the nearest train station. During the ride he thought was the best time to tell me he was schizophrenic but didn’t take medicine because “it was the devil”. He tried to hold my hand saying that they were small and made him feel like a pedophile.” saramanders
“Started seeing a girl off tinder. It was going well for about two weeks and thought she was pretty cool. Then things started getting weird. She used to always joke about killing me. I thought it was okay the first few times but then it got annoying. I told her to stop and she kept doing it. I don’t know if it was because she thought it was funny that it freaked me out or what. Anyways told me she has a shotgun in her room. Yikes. Long story short I told her I didn’t want to see her anymore. She didn’t like that. For the next three weeks she’s absolutely hounding me. Calls me constantly, shows up at my work asking for me, keeps coming over to my apartment. She actually knocked on my door for 30 minutes. When I didn’t answer she went around back and started knocking on my bedroom window. Got really concerned for awhile but eventually she gave up.” Bixta
“Started speaking to this guy on Tinder a few months ago. He seemed alright, but not my normal type. Regardless, we started speaking for a couple of days. I didn’t realise how stupid I was until now, but I mentioned where I worked.
The night I mentioned my workplace, I saw a guy walk past that looked a lot like him. I hadn’t met him in person so I wasn’t 100%. I forgot about it and a couple of days later, it was quiet in work but my phone battery was low. I said I’d speak to him later before my phone died. Que him coming in 10 minutes later with a f***ing iPhone charger. Yes, this might have been a nice gesture if, you know, I’d actually met him face to face before.
This was really weird because he said he lived the other side of the city from where I work. I wanted to cut ties straight away, but I thought I’d return the charger after I finished work.
He said he would be in a bar around the corner, so when I finished I met up with him, gave him his charger and made some excuse to go home. To my horror, I saw on his Instagram that he’d taken a smiling selfie earlier in the day with the caption ‘I’m now a taken man ;)’. I’d seen him like not even twice.
To make it even scarier, for a good few weeks, every time I’d finish work I would see him casually walking past on his own, exactly at the time I finished. Really creeped me out for a while.” yellski
“Buddy of mine hit it off with this girl and after a few days, she invited him over to a house party. “Sure” he says, what could go wrong? He shows up and is introduced to a few of her friends, all guys. As the night carries on, more and more guys show up and very few girls are actually at the party. After they start talking about how they all know this girl they find out that she invited them all from Tinder. Every guy was there not to hook up, but to populate this chick’s birthday party.” Ajttod