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Awkward! Hit On — Online— by Someone You Know

I have a friend who seems to have every online-dating horror story in the cache. Guys she dated two years ago write her because they don't remember her. Yet they like what they see — again! Guys she knows write her, not because they don't recognize her, but because it's easier (I imagine) than asking her out in real life. This hasn't happened once or twice, but she has stories that you could finish at least one cocktail to. She even once found a newly ex-boyfriend on a dating site that said they were a four-star match. Ha!

So how does one handle these imperfect matches the Internet makes? Get into a fight? Not recommended. Ignore? Not a bad choice if you never have to see the person again. Go on a date? Only if you want to. But what if you don't want to date him but do want to minimize future awkwardness?

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Akasha Akasha 7 years
I have two horror stories that made me remove my profile from an online dating site. The first was a friends ex-husband (they had been divorced for 3 weeks) winked at me then sent an email asking me out. Of course I said no, but he sent a number of emails after that going into details about why I should consider it. The other time on a second date a guy took me to a religious revival in the desert. He had indicated it was a concert thing like Coachella, but it ended up being a very creepy religious thing with people chanting, and beating themselves with dead chickens and licking snakes. I made my best friend drive two hours to come and get me.
soapbox soapbox 7 years
My aunt went out with a few dates she found online. One guy remarked several times that he wanted to kill his ex wife and went though the details on how he would kill her, another held her laptop hostage to lure her into his house and the last stalked her and threatened to kill her. So, what I have I learned? Meet people the old fashioned way.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
lol, people have dating horror stories period, i don't think online helps anything but give people a little more courage to ask someone out.. I think the people applying to every dating site really need to rethink things though. I don't see anything wrong with meeting someone online, but if that's all you're doing you need to broaden things.
Pistil Pistil 7 years
I think anyone who has dated online probably has a horror story of some kind. Guys that don't remember her and guys that don't have the guts to talk to her face to face? It happens, but it's really more awkward for the guy, no? The four-star match? That's funny, but clearly online match-making questionnaires are not all that reliable or accurate. I've always been curious if my boyfriend and I would be a match according to eHarmony, but I'm afraid they'd decide we were completely incompatible. If you're continually meeting ex-boyfriends and weirdos online, maybe it's time to give the online dating scene a break.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 7 years
To be honest I feel a little skeptical about on-line dating. Most of my friends who have done it had really bad experiences; the guy turn out to be a big creep or it was the worst date of their life. I prefer just knowing the guy and see where it takes me. That's just my personal opinion.
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