Online dating has become one of the= most popular ways to find love these days. Hiding behind your computer screen in safety and the comfort of your own home is so much easier than dragging yourself out a club or bar trying to be a friendly, personable person. What could possibly be better for looking for potential mate on your own terms, while kicking back in your PJs?
However, most people who have spent any amount of time "playing the field" can tell you that they have had their fair share of dating horror stories. Having to endure uncomfortable dates and awkward chit chat is just a small part of the process of finding "the one" – at least, that's what we tell ourselves (and our frustrated friends who are ready to throw in the towel and accept the fact that they will be forever alone).
Unfortunately, online dating seems to bring out the worst in people. People lie about who they are or what they look like, and it's just the beginning of the awful experiences you're bound to encounter with trying to meet someone through a dating website.
Below are some of the most outrageous Internet dating nightmares. Which ones do you think are the worst? Vote up the most horrifying stories that make you grateful you've never had to experience them, and vote down the ones that really aren't so bad.
A Dodged Bullet
A woman dodged one huge, major bullet after breaking up with a guy she had been dating from MeetMe. Though he almost moved in with her family, she caught him looking down the shirt of her 12-year-old daughter. She later found out that the pervert was awaiting a court hearing for sexually assaulting a child. Gross!
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After talking with a guy on OkCupid for some time, a woman decided to go to his place for a date. Upon arrival, she noticed he had a wall full of knives and machetes. As if this wasn't scary enough, he decided it would be a good tactic to hold one against her throat just to show her "how strong they were."
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After talking back and forth on a dating website with a guy, one woman decided to exchange Facebook information with him. After noticing and commenting on a picture of her daughter, the guy made a comment about how he recently taught his own all about masturbation. After explaining how uncomfortable and unnecessary telling her that was, the man tried to justify himself by explaining that dads should be the ones to teach their daughters about sexual matters.
Way Too Anal
One girl thought someone she had been talking to online was pretty normal. He was nice, good-looking, and he had a good job. But when they met in person, he immediately asked her if she would be up for having anal with him. Although the date should have ended there, the guy proceeded to drink heavily, only to wind up crying about his ex-girlfriend and throwing up on her.
The Beautiful Beggar
When one guy met a "9.5" on Plenty of Fish, he was pretty excited. On their date, she said that she was a model, which all seemed fine and well, until she mentioned that she needed money for rent. After only two drinks, she offered to trade sex for money, and she continued to bother him days later, texting him and begging for money, even offering to let him video the act if he was willing. Apparently, looks can only take you so far in life.
AA Meet and Greet
After going through a divorce, one woman decided to try online dating. When she planned a second date with a guy, he asked her to meet in the parking lot of a church, which was a part of a popular strip. When she did, he invited her into the church – where his AA meeting was being held. She tried to be empathetic and supportive, but when he had her serving the coffee for the first half hour of being there, she knew it wasn't going to work out.
Weighing Your Options
First dates can be awkward. But for one particular guy, it got weird when a woman he met for dinner took an electronic scale out of her purse to weigh her food before eating it. They were sharing food, so it took quite some time for her to divide up her portions, as you can probably imagine. Check, anyone?
Kiss My Tears
Men typically have a hard time knowing how to act around a woman when she is crying. But this challenge becomes all the more difficult when the woman you're on a date with is crying because she broke up with her agoraphobic ex. While this lady probably wouldn't have gotten a second date because of this emotional outburst alone, she decided to seal the deal on this fact by trying to kiss the guy while crying.