Shortly after the quarantine restrictions had been lifted, I decided to try my hand at the dating apps…again. A day or two after I arrived back to the city after several months my family I agreed to a date with Christian, a fair-skinned Scandinavian-looking stock trader I met on Bumble who resided a minute train ride outside NYC. When your date shits his pants: The Diarrhea Disaster Date. Christian offered to make the trek via public transit for some cocktails and possibly a bite to eat. Being a typical city girl, I loathe the sheer thought of leaving the comfort of this little island of Manhattan, so clearly I did not object. When I arrived at the restaurant I found Christian patiently waiting for me at a patio table sipping on a Scotch whiskey with a twist.
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Meeting people in your day-to-day life is much more difficult than it used to be. Everyone walks around with their heads down, staring at their phones and thinking about something going on halfway across the globe instead of what's right in front of them. However, online dating has become more normal than ever. It used to be a bit taboo to meet up with people from the internet because it was considered dangerous. While it's still best to let someone know where you're going to be just in case you need some backup, it's generally considered pretty safe to meet up with a stranger for a cup of coffee or a drink.
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I went for a drink with a guy I had been chatting with online. He seemed pretty normal good job, intelligent, funny. His first question on sitting down with our drinks was whether I was up for anal. I bypassed and watched him drink his body weight in shots before he started crying about his ex-girlfriend and then threw up down my shoulder when I was trying to walk him home. This was around 18 months ago, and he still messages me from time to time with a "hey," or my favourite, "I miss you.
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. So the next time you go on a seriously awful date you'll know that you're not alone.