Stories about internet dating

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. " -Amanda, 23"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. '—when one of them (we'll call him Alan) replied, ' Does that line actually work for you?I went for a drink with a guy I had been chatting with online.

On my way out, I was yanked aside for questioning by police officers on suspicion of prostitution.

Flushed and wasted, with my panties stuffed in my coat pocket, I did my best to explain that I was just talkingwith my "friend" in the bathroom.

When I found him, he wasjust sitting there, waiting for me.

He said 'I thought you ditched me,' and then he started getting choked up and actually started crying!

After chatting for a couple of weeks, we decided to meet up at a bar.

Everything was going really well, until he got a few drinks in him and he began telling me obviously fake or exaggerated stories about how wealthy and successful he is, which was a huge turnoff.It seemed he was desperate for me to A) ask who this mystery girl was; B) say nasty things about her in return.I got the sense that he was trying to instigate some sort of catfight to feed his ego, and I wasn’t going to play into it, so I changed the subject.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.Dating apps have given us unprecedented access to every nut job, borderline sociopath, and bunny boiler in Chicago, and having a nightmarish experience has become some sort of twisted rite of passage. We asked a handful of Chicagoans to share their worst online dating stories, and we were not disappointed.

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