First dates, especially when we're truly excited about the person we're seeing, are palpitation-inducing experiences.
We all get that flicker and glimmer of hope that holy moly I hope this is someone I actually hit it off with and I hope that they feel the same way.
So we try to put our best feet forward. We clean ourselves up. We research the best restaurants in the area that are "first date appropriate." Maybe we even practice our first greeting in the mirror like a loser in some lame romantic comedy.
Because we're so on edge and the very nature of meeting someone for the first time to potentially pursue as a romantic interest, first dates could very easily go into the territory of the cringe-inducing.
Naturally, you'll want to find a way to stop that from happening and while I'm no love guru, I can tell you that avoiding what these guys did is probably a good idea. The question was first brought up on Twitter.
What’s the most cringe worthy thing a guy you’ve dated has done?— preorder #TheBigO (@Oloni) May 15, 2018
And the responses came rolling in. There was this guy whose idea of dinner and drinks was definitely awesome, just not first date awesome.
This guy who really wanted a captive audience.
This guy who equates drinking coffee with getting laid.
This guy who really jumped the gun.
This double-dipping moron who couldn't hold back their tears when they were caught.
This dude who definitely wasn't a member of the Bey-hive.
Then there was this dude who really wanted to protect his pride.
Walking back to his car after a date and a car pulls up. Apparently he was talking shit to these guys in his car earlier that day. He started getting rude until three of them jumped out the car so I jumped in front of him and managed to diffuse the situation. I even told them he— jukai (@basedshxn) May 15, 2018
doesn’t drive. They eventually left cause I made them think they had the wrong guy and he turned around to me and said “omg you’re so strong nobody has ever been able to hold me back before.” He was literally hiding behind me 🤨— jukai (@basedshxn) May 15, 2018
Of course there's the obligatory self-deprecating tweet.
And people who were willing to share their own embarrassing experiences. Sometimes the cringe is a two-way street.
She was trying to kiss me, then said I had to go home with her. I made a rapid assessment and then decided to run through a few backstreets near Saville Row. I knew she wouldn’t match me for pace and my stamina was excellent. I’ve never seen or stumbled across her ever since— Ste (@stephopoka) May 15, 2018
You think I wasn’t saying no before? I was saying no for about an hour. That was last resort :(— Ste (@stephopoka) May 15, 2018
Looooool that makes sense then. I just dont know what i would do if i were on a date and the guy took off 😭😭— gee🌼 (@peafowlet27) May 15, 2018
I wish we could get cctv footage from that evening. I looked left, then looked right.... and OFF!!— Ste (@stephopoka) May 15, 2018
There was this dude who showed up late and then acted like it was no big deal.
This guy who felt a bit insecure about home ownership.
On a first (and only) date, belittled me for owning a house, mocked where I owned my house (a "shithole" apparently) then complained that I asked for a glass of regular red wine when he offered to buy me a drink, because it was "expensive"— Velvet Cheesyground (@laurabygaslight) May 15, 2018
This Snapchat tub king.
Asked me to take several snapchat videos of him while he was in the bathtub flexing with a beer in his hand😐— Alice (@Inrwandaland) May 15, 2018
This girl's first date story is absolutely horrifying.
Met this guy, travelled to London (2hrs away) to go out for lunch. He shows up dressed like this grandad, facial hair scruffy, lips dry as hell. I’m annoyed because he was so well put together when we first met😒— tia (@tiatheyankee) May 15, 2018
he GOOGLES a cheap place to go, we get lost, and he proceeds to spend the entire lunch discussing his sexual fetishes and over-complimenting me— tia (@tiatheyankee) May 15, 2018
afterwards we went to a “work party” where all his co-workers flirted with me and completely disrespected him/mugging him off😖 he then tags along to the station and GRABS my shoulders for a kiss.— tia (@tiatheyankee) May 15, 2018
)this man is nearly 30) texts me, a minute and half later. “That was the most amazing kiss, can’t wait to see you again” deleted, blocked, NEVER again🤮🤮🤮— tia (@tiatheyankee) May 15, 2018
*lastly, he called his mom and dad on the date to give them an update. On the date. At the table. I just wanted to eat— tia (@tiatheyankee) May 15, 2018
Then he sent her this memento of their first horrible date together.
So if you're got a first date coming up that you're feeling anxious about you can probably console yourself with the fact that it definitely won't be as awkward/terrible as these were.