5 Dating Horror Stories To Make You Feel A Little Bit Better About Your Love Life

5 Dating Horror Stories To Make You Feel A Little Bit Better About Your Love Life

Number four is just plain cruel!

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The holiday season is approaching, and often times, showing up to family get-togethers "dateless" can be quite depressing. Your old friends from high school are posting pumpkin carving pictures with their sweethearts, romantic kissy pictures under the mistletoe, and even GETTING ENGAGED TO WED AT NINETEEN. It seems as though everyone around you has already found their special someone, but that's the catch...social media is only the "highlight reel" of relationships. The uncomfortable first dates are hardly tweeted about, the 2 a.m. fights and disagreements won't show up in a Snapchat story, and the devastating heartbreak is off limits to a picture-perfect Instagram feed. Over the past week, I've had the pleasure of interviewing individuals about some of the worst, breakup-inducing moments in their past. Some of their responses were amusing, some were disgusting, and many were cringe-worthy, but they are all worth the read. Take a look!

1. A bad case of the dumps

"I dated a kid during my freshman year of college who would constantly convince himself that he was terminally ill. Once, he had a migraine after attending a rock concert and was certain he had a brain tumor. He made me call his parents in Colorado, take him to the ER, and contact his professors about his absences, all to discover that it was just a headache. A few months later, he found a bump on his thigh which, according to him, "was a textbook definition of what melanoma looked like". After an urgent trip to the doctor's office, he was told it was just a spider bite that would disappear within a few days. Yeah, following a few more instances like this, I couldn't take the drama any longer, so I ended things."

- Anna, 22

2. What's mine is not yours

"Early into our relationship, I'd noticed that a few of my sweatshirts and boxers were missing from my closet. Since I live with two other guys in my apartment, I just assumed that some of my clothing would mix with theirs while doing laundry. I then began to notice that my brand new headphones were nowhere to be found, and a lot of my kitchenware had been taken from our cabinets. Later, I discovered that my girlfriend of four months was not only stealing my personal belongings, but re-selling them on eBay for profit. Needless to say, I never got my stuff back, but I did completely cut any ties between the two of us."

- Patrick, 26

3. Cheating on the test

"I went on a date with this dude I met through an online dating app. When we first met at a coffee shop, he had printed out a copy of my Tinder profile and was using it as a reference during our conversations! Like WTF???"

- Alyssa, 18

4. Happily never after

"Over the summer, I took my then-girlfriend to see the new romance film, "Crazy Rich Asians," for our 5 month anniversary. We walked up to the window to purchase our tickets and noticed that her ex-boyfriend was the one working behind the counter. It was a bit awkward at first, but we paid and went into the theatre anyways. About a quarter of the way through the movie, she got up to go refill the popcorn. I waited 25 minutes for her to return before I walked to the concessions stand to see if she was okay, where to my surprise, there was no sign of her anywhere. Then, an employee had kindly informed me that her ex had ended his shift a little while ago. It didn't take me long to put the pieces together."

- Chandler, 19

5. Stalker alert

"I don't even want to categorize this as a date, but for the sake of telling this story, I will. One of my coworkers had set me up with her boyfriend's cousin because we had both been single for a little over a year, and at the time, seemed like a good match. We went on our first lunch date at Chick-Fil-A (I know, how romantic), and then he drove me home. When I stepped out of the car, he handed me a bouquet of flowers... it seemed very strange at first, but I thought maybe he was just being a gentleman. Boy, was I wrong. I agreed to a second date to go bowling with some of his buddies, and he arrived at my door with a Pandora necklace. Awkward. Then, he came to my apartment over the weekend (uninvited) and pronounced his undying love for me saying, 'You're the one I want to be with forever' - mind you, we had just met like two weeks ago. So, I did what any freaked out girl would do: I blocked his number, bought some pepper spray, and haven't spoken to my coworker since!"

- D'nae, 21

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Why You Should Stop Chasing Him

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They say “the thrill of the chase" makes someone more enticing. There's just something about wanting something you can't have that drives you crazy (in a good way). There is never a dull moment. Pursuing him is a challenge. Nothing comes easily. What's the fun in that anyway?

I'm going to tell you this: stop chasing him. Stop forgiving him when he forgets to answer your text messages and phone calls. Stop being the one to always make plans. Stop letting him bail on you. Stop waiting around for him. Stop being lied to. Stop making excuses when he doesn't make time for you. There is a difference between someone who is “hard to get" and a flat out jerk who doesn't give you the time of day. Stop letting him use you.

You deserve to be with someone who makes you fall asleep every night in the middle of texting him because neither of you want the conversation to end. You deserve someone who plans dates for the two of you. You deserve someone who asks you to hang out before midnight. You deserve someone who wants to spend time with you just as much as you do with them. You deserve someone who insists on paying for your ice cream. You deserve someone who won't deceive you. You deserve someone who is straightforward. You deserve attention. You deserve affection. You deserve a partnership that is mutual, not one-sided. You deserve to be chased.

You are better than 3 a.m. “Hey" texts. You are better than a night spent watching a movie just to fool around. You are better than trying to decode his vague messages. You are better than his shadiness. You are better than mind games. You are better than being ignored.

If you have to chase him, he's not worth it. Don't settle for someone who makes you beg for his attention. If he is genuinely interested in getting to know you, he will put in the effort. A relationship where your feelings are reciprocated is far more rewarding than one where you constantly feel like you have to drag him along.

Change your mentality. Become more independent. Be confident, be bold. Find happiness in being alone. Don't waste your time pathetically chasing after someone who doesn't feel the same, but doesn't have the heart or the courage to tell you so. Your self-confidence and positivity will make you radiant, and eventually, you will attract the kind of guy who is mature enough to not mess with your head.

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I Am Not Anyone's Second Choice

I'm not just here as your last resort.

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I always see those inspirational quotes/pictures going around on social media about how it's okay to cut toxic people out of your life. For the longest time, this wasn't something that I related to at all. I had my friends and I didn't have any problems.

But throughout my time in college, I've had people in my life that I realized only cared about me when it was convenient for them.

This has proved true in my relationships and friendships. I never really realized it until I started thinking more about it, but since I was younger, I've always been taken advantage of. Like I've said before, I have such a big heart and I always forgive people, even when they don't deserve it.

Most of the relationships I've been in, I came away feeling like I was just being used. I also had a friend that made me feel like that way as well. All of these people only reached out to me when everyone else wasn't available. They only reached out to me when they just didn't want to be alone, and they knew that I would text them back, hang out with them, be there for them.

It got to the point where these relationships all made me feel like I was just people's second choice. Like they didn't care about me unless they had no one else to hang out with.

But I'm not anyone else's second choice.

I've finally gotten to a point in my life where I've realized that I do have toxic people in my life. And I've finally come to the realization that I have to cut those kinds of people out.

I'm not the kind of person to say that I'm any better or any worse than those around me, but I definitely don't deserve to be taken advantage of or used. No one deserves that.

And I'm not going to be treated like that anymore because I'm not a second option. For anyone.

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