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. We're right here with you.
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Ladies: tell me your worst date. Starting off on the wrong foot. A strange approach to marketing. He corresponded with me daily for weeks and seemed pretty interested. Dating can be dangerous.
15 Horrific Online Dating Stories
While using dating apps is a wonderful way to get to know new people, you should still use caution when talking to a stranger on an app. Not everyone will have honest intentions, and sometimes, people may not be who they say they are. Fake profile pictures are just the start, and these stories about being catfished prove that it's important to use your very best judgment. Catfishing, while unfortunate, happens more often than you might think.
But not every date turns out like an eHarmony ad. So in observance of Valentine's Day, we consulted readers, friends, a few experts, and a number of sites notably Craigslist Personals to gather the funniest, strangest, and most horrific online dating stories we could find. Lonely people, broken hearts, false claims, dashed expectations, doctored photos, bailouts, and no-shows--it's all part of the online dating experience, and we unearthed a little of everything. The old mid-date disappearing act has taken on a whole new utility in the age of Internet dating.