Dating in the 21st century can be hard.
With so many dating apps and ever-evolving technology, the playing field can often feel like more of a giant landmine.
Especially in a huge city like New York, where there are so many options that people often ghost you with no explanation, and you're left wondering what happened.
That was the scenario in Twitter user @EricD14's mind after he'd gone on a successful first date.
But instead of his date ghosting him, he pretty much got the opposite.
*Goes on first date, scared he’ll ghost but instead gets this text* https://t.co/3horiipUv9— Eric (@Eric)1565791063.0
Ok, for all you non-iPhones users out there, the "read receipts" function is basically a way to let you know if the person you sent a message to has read the message yet, with a timestamp of when they read it.
In theory it can be helpful, like if you want to give your mom peace of mind when she asks if you made it home ok, but you're too tired to respond (not that I've ever done that or anything, come on).
But a guy you went on ONE DATE with‽‽
No thank you.
Twitter wasn't having any of it:
@EricD14 I turn the read receipts on for no one.— Marie Dozier⚓️🇺🇸 (@Marie Dozier⚓️🇺🇸)1565796013.0
@EricD14 This is horror film dating— Niesha Trout (@Niesha Trout)1565799485.0
@EricD14 If someone I'd been on one date with did that, I would turn on read receipts, tell them so, read their ack… https://t.co/WSS43R9nfr— Alexandra Erin (@Alexandra Erin)1565812149.0
@EricD14 This is the part of the crime documentary where the steely narrator intones something very ominous, and we cut to commercial.— __ (@__)1565794986.0
@EricD14 On my way to the gym now Can you do me a favor Yeah, what do you need? Click on my contact Press the… https://t.co/hQKyGUM4eK— Seth Goodtime (@Seth Goodtime)1565811943.0
@EricD14 The call is coming from inside the house.— JPinThe773 (@JPinThe773)1565804105.0
Giant red flag warning.
@EricD14 Nice of him to give a heads up he absolutely plans to isolate you from your friends within 6 months.— Kendally Brown (@Kendally Brown)1565819306.0
@EricD14 I’m sorry.....I couldn’t read the response. I was too blinded by all the red flags— Meredith (@Meredith)1565881435.0
For many people, turning on read receipts is only good for one (incredibly petty) thing: to let someone know that you are actively ignoring their messages.
@MarieDozier6 @EricD14 I ONLY turn read receipts for ppl that need to know I’m ignoring them— Carlitasway1031 (@Carlitasway1031)1565805614.0
@carletharealtor @MarieDozier6 @EricD14 I turn on read receipts for all of my exes. Then when they eventually text… https://t.co/9QAB758E8X— Cassie (@Cassie)1565813341.0
And it sounds like @EricD14's friends all had the same reaction.
@EricD14 yet we all had to BEG you to stop talking to him— Riot Girl Rey (@Riot Girl Rey)1565791319.0
@jaykisokay @DiscreetLatino I'm a nice person and feel the need to reply!— Eric (@Eric)1565792389.0
@EricD14 @jaykisokay @DiscreetLatino Being a nice person is cool but not to the point where you're uncomfortable or… https://t.co/X7nGfz3cJN— IceHarvest (@IceHarvest)1565811559.0
Thankfully, it looks like things didn't work out.
@EricD14 oh my god I need to see the follow up.— Alexander De Luca (@Alexander De Luca)1565791098.0
@AlexanderDeLuca It’s no love story. Or rom-com.— Eric (@Eric)1565834709.0
Better luck next time.
But if this previous tweet for @EricD14 is any indication, at least he knows what to expect out there in this cruel, cruel world.
Dating in NYC: Guy 1: want to grab a drink? Me: sure when? Guy 1: I’m not available, sorry Guy 2: let’s get foo… https://t.co/fHOIeq4b08— Eric (@Eric)1556029840.0
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