14 Horrific Online Dating Stories

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Vote up the online dating experiences that are true horror stories.

Online dating has become one of the most popular ways to find love. Hiding behind your computer screen in the safety and comfort of your home is so much easier than dragging yourself out to a club or bar, trying to be friendly and personable. What could possibly be better than looking for potential mates 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 their fair share of horror stories. Enduring uncomfortable dates and awkward chitchat is just a small part of the process of finding "the one." 

Online dating can sometimes bring out the worst in people. Some lie about who they are, what they do, or what they look like - but that's just the beginning of the iffy experiences you're likely to encounter trying to meet someone through a dating website.

Below are some of the most outrageous internet dating nightmares. Vote up the tales of woe that make you grateful you've never had to experience them, and vote down the ones that aren't so bad. 

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  • 1
    2,772 VOTES

    Dangerous Dad, Dangerous Date

    From Redditor u/sassafrass14:

    Two days later, after mentioning my daughter's pic, he starts telling me that he had recently explained to his daughter what [self-pleasure] is. When I voiced my concerns with him sharing this with me, he starts JOKING about how dads should be the ones to teach their daughters about sex and practice with them. He thought this was funny!

    I immediately blocked him. His last message said something about me not having a sense of humor. Creeeeeepy.

    2,772 votes
  • 2
    2,335 VOTES

    A Dodged Bullet

    From Redditor u/WolfTiket:

    I got to know a nice gal [online] for a few weeks before we decided to meet up for a hiking date. She only wanted to communicate through email or the dating site - which I thought was odd, but just went with it. Thirty [minutes] into our date I found out why... She's married and her husband is a jealous, gun-collecting hunter type who[m] she's thinking about leaving.

    For 90 minutes, I felt like a deer during hunting season on that hike. Every bush movement and twig snap I was sure was him.

    2,335 votes
  • 3
    2,214 VOTES

    Can I Cut In?

    From Redditor u/soph_ebooks:

    After a few OkCupid attempts I ended up dating a guy a few times. Eventually he asked if I'd like to see his flat and I said yes. He had loads of swords and machetes on the wall and decided to hold one to my throat to show me how incredibly strong they were (??).

    2,214 votes
  • 4
    1,987 VOTES

    Pouting To Get His Way

    From Redditor u/shakespeezy:

    I tell him "no" to going further every time and he f*cking pouts like a puppy dog and asks me why. Excuse me, I didn't know I needed a reason to have feelings against sex with someone I just met. He claims it's not sex he wants and won't tell me what he does want. Red flag.

    1,987 votes
  • 5
    1,619 VOTES

    Quid Pro Quo?

    From a former Redditor:

    As he walked me to my car, he said, "Want to go back to my place?" I declined, and he threw a temper tantrum, saying I "owed" it to him because he paid for dinner. When I reminded him I paid for the movies, his soda at the movies, and the coffees (and he got some $10 frappuccino mess that sounded disgusting), he said it didn't matter because I still owed it to him just because he was "nice" enough to take me out.

    1,619 votes
  • 6
    1,582 VOTES

    Number, Please!

    From Redditor u/CloggyDutch:

    I was very clear with my last text message saying that I wanted no more contact, but she persisted, and I had about 100 missed calls and text messages from her before I got home. When I eventually did come home she was there, sitting in her car, and wouldn't leave.

    This went on for about seven or eight nights over the course of two or three weeks, with the relentless text messages and calls never ceasing until I changed my number.

    1,582 votes