As much as we’d like to defy the claim that the past was a simpler time, when it comes to dating, things really were much easier before smartphones and social media took over the world. Sure, being able to cyberstalk someone before dating them can prevent the pitfalls of discovering dating dealbreakers over dinner, but all this new technology just makes it so much easier for potential boyfriends and girlfriends to disappoint us. Don’t believe us? Click through to see the top 10 dating dealbreakers that didn’t exist 10 years ago.
1. SPENDING MORE ON PHONE GAMES THAN YOU WOULD ON A DATE
Smartphone apps have provided yet another trivial means for people to spend their money. For instance, you’d think the Candy Crush trend would have died eons ago, but here we are, still receiving notifications from people inviting us to play or to help them buy more jujube clusters. While we don’t fault anyone for spending money on silly apps (we’ve definitely dedicated a cut of our income to animated LINE stickers), ultimately, we’d be skeptical dating someone who sacrificed grocery money to buy more lives on a game that’s already passe.
2. DISPLAYING YOUR OBVIOUS LACK OF INTELLIGENCE VIA A FACEBOOK STATUS
Back in the day, it wasn’t immediately obvious if someone were unable to spell or were gullible enough to fall for every celebrity death hoax. But now all it takes is one inane Facebook status (or seeing ourselves tagged in an article claiming that eating an entire lemon will cure cancer), for the “himbo” alarm bells to start ringing.
3. USING TOO MANY HASHTAGS
#blessed #friends #beach #selfie #beachselfie #sun #surf #thankful #weekend #saturday #fun #food #outdoors #sunny #picnic #love #foodspiration #fitspiration
4. POSTING TOO MANY SELFIES
Look, everyone takes selfies. People have been vain since the beginning of time. But just when we didn’t think it could get worse than seeing our dates glancing into reflective surfaces every 5 minutes, selfies became a thing. The moment we realise that someone’s Instagram feed is more than 50 per cent selfies (especially shirtless selfies) is the moment we start looking for someone less self-obsessed.
5. MAINTAINING AN ONLINE DATING PROFILE WHILE YOU ARE IN A RELATIONSHIP
Sorry guys, but “I forgot to delete it!” doesn’t work when your profile shows that you’d logged in just two weeks ago. Hey, at least we found out about your lack of emotional availability sooner rather than later.
6. CONSTANTLY USING YOUR IPHONE WHILE ON A DATE
Most dates are a little awkward. An uncomfortable silence between courses is inevitable. But back in the day, the other person would at least pay attention to us. Also, “I’m Googling what to order at this restaurant!” is not a good excuse for spending half of a date twiddling on your phone. (If you really cared, you would have done that earlier. Also, spontaneity is hot – what ever happened to ordering based on your intuition?)
7. SENDING US UNWANTED NUDE PHOTOS
Back in the day, we’d only see your junk outside of the bedroom if you either flashed us, or if you developed a photo and mailed it to us (ew). But it’s so easy now to send nudes that people just assume we’d get turned on as instantaneously. It’s not sexy, it’s sexual harassment. What if we were on the train? What if our boss were behind us? What if our mother were using the phone? Call us old-fashioned, but some things should only be expressed with permission.
8. IGNORING OUR TEXT MESSAGES
Back in the day, we’d sit around at home waiting for our beloved to call. All sorts of scenarios would enter your mind: maybe he never received my message! Maybe he’s incapacitated! Maybe I called the wrong number! But now, thanks to read receipts, you can see what time someone saw your message, which makes you all the more anxious when they ignore it for hours on end. Oh, so he can retweet comedians and post drunken photos on Facebook, but he can’t reply to the message we sent four hours ago asking whether you’re free for dinner tonight? Sounds like a keeper for sure.
9. LIVE-TWEETING SPOILERS FOR OUR FAVOURITE TV SHOW
In a perfect world, we’d watch our favourite shows with the person we were dating. But given the time constraints, the best we can do sometimes is to watch the show separately and talk about it afterward. And yet, spoilers abound, and the fact that he’s firing away before you’ve even watched may indicate how he really feels about dating you (if a guy or girl really likes you, they’ll use the show as an excuse to say hello).
10. BECOMING A MEME FOR DOING SOMETHING REALLY STUPID
They say that true love has no bounds, but we draw the line at going viral on SGAG or STOMP for being racist, violent, foolhardy, or plain undignified. Yeah, we’ll offer whatever sympathy we can muster, but don’t expect us to escape with you to Australia when netizens draw you into hiding.