The Dating Gamble
by Kat de Naoum
Approximately 10,000 words and 22 bottles of wine since Stylelove Convo began, here we are again with No. 11; back to basics with girl talk.
Spring is in the air and the anticipation of love is running amok among hopeless romantics everywhere and many-a-date is being gone on. As a consequence I’ve been hearing a lot of date horror stories which I am loving (sorry tomy dear friends who have had to suffer through them).
Internet dating is at an all time high and I’ve been seeing more and more adverts for dating sites on social media and even on TV.
I’m not a fan of blind dates or internet dating (no judgement) but then I think that Gisele Bundchen and Tom Bradymet on a blind date and they’re still going strong seven years later (although I’m sure that the initial conversation of the friends who set them up went something like this:
A – Hey, guess what! I know the most beautiful woman in the world.
B – That’s funny; I know the most beautiful man in the world.
A – Hey, I know! We should set them up.
B – Good idea.
A close friend of mine (we’ll call her “Friend”) recently went on a date with a guy she met on the internet (let’s call him “Date”). Date liked Friend immediately and asked for a second date towards the end of the first, which Friend liked and agreed to. This was before they asked for the bill. The bill in question was for one tea (Friend’s) and one juice (Date’s). It came to a grand total of €8. He asked her if she had the €4.
Now, I’m all for being a modern-day independent women but, seriously? Dude! You want to get into this girl’s knickers; surely treating her to a cup of tea would make a better impression? Jus’ sayin’!
Surprisingly, Friend decided to give the second date a go anyway. She thought, “maybe he’s really hard up on cash; who am I to judge”? Five minutes into the second date he was already referring to her as his ‘girlfriend’ and making plans for ‘their’ future.
It gets worse, don’t worry.
After splitting the miniscule cheque again, Date asked Friend if he could drop her home as he was on foot. She agreed and used the car ride as an opportunity to ‘break up’ with her ‘boyfriend’ of five minutes, explaining that she realised that she’s not ready for a relationship, it’s not him; it’s her and that he is a wonderful guy but they wouldn’t work well together.
Ready for the good part? He started crying. Yes, proper crying. Through the blubbering he came out with some golden trinkets including, my favourite, “but we belong together; can’t you see”.
When Friend told him to get a grip, he asked to be let out of the car to which she gladly obliged, driving away and thanking her lucky stars.
Wait, there’s more! (This is a true story; I kid you not!)
A few minutes later, Friend’s phone rings.
Date: Hey honey, it’s me.
Date: Me! Date!
Friend: What is it?
Date: Do you mind coming back to pick me up?
Friend: Erm, yes I do mind… it’s not going to happen, and please don’t call me again.
Many days and countless missed calls later, it appears Date finally got the message and hasn’t contacted her since, probably having moved on to the next unsuspecting victim.
This is just one in a series of horror date stories I have heard lately which is more than enough to put me off for life.
I am of the opinion that if you haven’t found The One, actively looking for them will surely get you a “one” but most of the time, they will be a wrong “one”. (I say “most” of the time because there are these urban legends flying around about some good outcomes.) At the end of the day, it’s a gamble.
I also happen to agree with Cameron Diaz’s views that being single is absolutely fine and we shouldn’t conform to society’s expectations that we ‘should’ settle down and if we don’t, then there’s something hideously wrong with us.
What are your views on blind and internet dating? Please share your horror (or happy – if you must) dating stories with us; we would love to know what’s out there and have a good laugh at… I mean, with you!
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