Love life in shreds? Is dating a living nightmare? Perhaps that's a little OTT, but also: truth. Modern dating is no fairytale; to find a match, a swipe you genuinely click with (no pun intended), takes work. It's a numbers game and a case of right person, right time.
But, as social media frequently reminds us, you have to deal with some serious blows before you find even a possible contender for The One.
So, exactly how crushing are these blows? Well, a viral Twitter is here to both frighten and horrify you in equal measure as users recount their most soul-crushing rejections, all taken in the name of love.
Some are truly gutting:
What was your harshest rejection?
I’ll go first. One time, a super charming guy I had a crush on took me out to dinner a few times, invited me to a swanky gala, had me over for Thanksgiving, and then introduced me to his buddy as “a girl I wish was my sister”.
— Eden Dranger (@Eden_Eats) November 9, 2019
Some are so ludicrous it's hard to believe they actually happened:
Ugh! I moved in w/my boyfriend of 10 years who lived two hours away from my hometown, he got engaged to another woman from Virginia while we were still in a relationship & living together. We were house hunting and the home we fell in love w/is the home he purchased for his wife.
— Nolin (@lololin86) November 10, 2019
“Look, you’re a really nice guy and if things we’re different I think we’d be happy. But you’re not rich enough... or, you know, at all.”
Real gut punch, that one. ?????
— Steven "By God WOOOOOOOO!!!" Pryor (@YeahHeyItsSteve) November 9, 2019
Ooh. My ex (of 2 years) dumped me over text because I was “too upset” when I found out my mom had 2 yrs to live. I drove 3 hours to talk to him, but he refused to see me, so I drove back. On my way, I totaled my car. Ex came to see me just to tell me not to contact him again. ????
— Jaclyn A. Siegel (@jaclynasiegel) November 10, 2019
Dousing the flame of desire with direct comparisons to family members? Yep, it happens:
When I was much younger, a really attractive doctor I worked with asked me to go climbing at Smith Rock. We had such a good time but on the drive back to Seattle, he said I looked so much like his mom when she was younger. He showed me her photo. I did. ?
— Rebecca Herman (@RebeccaResistsa) November 10, 2019
Sometimes, it's not all about romantic relationships either:
One time in high school while I was at my pt job I texted my then-bff letting her know I was sorry I had been so busy recently but I missed her and wanted to hang out soon. She texted me back saying that I shouldn't miss her because we were just regular friends, not best friends.
— Under the Meg-stletoe ?? (@cupcake_meg) November 10, 2019
In 7th grade I was invited to a slumber party. The mom came home from work, said "There is no slumber party." We all got in the van for her to take us home. She took me home first. I found out later she took all the other girls back for the slumber party.
— Gone With the Wendy???? (@jamberta2) November 10, 2019
Classic evasion techniques also sting:
— Jake Welch (@jraywelch) November 10, 2019
Unrequited love is never fun tbh:
I am the queen of unrequited love/falling for unavailable men. My favorite was a guy I liked who said once over dinner, “I wish all girls were like you.” Then proceeded to talk to me about how he wished his new gf was like me.
— ? Cornbread Dressing FTW ? (@sovereignann) November 10, 2019
But sometimes, you know closure helps:
OMG!!! Once my high school crush just randomly texted me “ew” out of nowhere. I was crushed. He went bald at like 26 tho so everything worked out
— magic mike myers (@lexaproglow) November 10, 2019
There's a thread of hundreds of replies if you need a horrifying pick-me-up or should you want to weep in solidarity.
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