Dating has always been hard. Mostly because of, well, people. But now, with advances in technology, dating is more complicated than ever.
Back in the day, the only way for a person to contact someone they were dating was done one of three ways: in person, by telephone, or by letter.
Now you go on a date and there are a plethora of ways to stay in touch in addition to the old school methods: social media like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp, email, texting, and on and on it goes.
Heck, back before smartphones and the internet you could just give someone a fake phone number and you’d never hear from them again. Not anymore.
Recently, a guy named Eric, the Director of Digital for MTV, went on a first date with someone. It might have turned out okay if not for a text exchange that took place following the date.
Date: Can you do me a favor?
Eric: Yeah, what do you need?
Date: Click on my contact
Date: Press the “I”
Date: Then turn on read receipts
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Who does that?!
It’s bad enough to be asked to turn on texting read receipts by someone you just went on a first date with, but it’s compounded by the fact that this person doesn’t seem to realize what a gigantic red flag they are revealing.
For all you non-iPhone users who don’t have access to this wonderfully annoying function, this is a bad thing.
For non iPhone users, is this good or bad?— Preciosa (@Precious1pchan) August 14, 2019
It’s like the thing on WhatsApp or Facebook messenger that tell you if your message has been read. The fact that he’s actually asking her to turn it on is... creepy.— MH (@mhowarth_) August 14, 2019
Needless to say, except apparently for this guy’s date who needs an explainer, the reactions were pretty united in telling him to run far, far away.
Don’t worry, there won’t be anything else to read ✌🏼— 🍺HereHoldMyBeer🍺WhileIWriteALongassNovel (@flyaway_k) August 14, 2019
RUN as far and fast as possible ....— Watchin' Da Wheels (@🏡) (@WatchinDaWheels) August 14, 2019
I have read receipts off even for my spouse's messages. NO ONE has need to see a read receipt.
You thought you were in a ghost story and instead it was true crime— Bedder (@itgetsbedder) August 14, 2019
So ... you're not gonna do that, right? Because if there was a time for ghosting someone ELSE, this is it.— Vye 🦇🌵🎃🏳️🌈 (she/her) (@_runfatgirlrun) August 14, 2019
This is horror film dating— Niesha Trout (@nieshatrout) August 14, 2019
The call is coming from inside the house.— JPinThe773 🏳️🌈 (@jp_773) August 14, 2019