Brittany Lauren was trying to use a dating app when she encountered a guy that quickly discouraged her from using such apps again.
She told Bored Panda: “When I first got the message I knew right away what he was attempting to do. I’ve seen the tactic before, “negging” as it’s referred to,” the woman revealed and went to explain what “negging” is, “insecure men trying to knock a woman down via a backhand compliment/insult.”
Lauren also said that she knew right away where the conversation was going the moment she received the judgmental message.
“I encounter men like Rob pretty often. But, hardly ever in person. Mostly online. I guess being behind a screen gives them courage to act like a jerk,” she continued, explaining that moving to a new place pushed her to try dating apps to meet people.
“They are littered with men like Rob, unfortunately. After this encounter I’ve deleted all of my apps and I’m going back to the old school tactic of waiting for a man to approach me in the produce section of my local Whole Foods, haha,” Lauren joked.
She shared how the exchange ended up online: “My friend and I, since downloading dating apps, often screenshot conversations with men and share them via text in a “oh my god, can you believe this guy?!” way. Gossiping the way girls do, ya’know? So, when I screenshotted Rob’s messages before he blocked me I had only intended on her seeing it.
“Then after reading it, I thought it was pretty funny so I threw it up on my Facebook page for my other friends to see and get a quick laugh. I honestly didn’t expect it to go as far as it did. But, I’m glad it did!”
When Bored Panda asked how people reacted to her post, Lauren said that it was overwhelmingly positive.
“A vast majority of my DMs are from women sharing their stories of a “Rob” in their life. Women thanking me for giving them courage to stand up to men like Rob who think it’s okay to be hateful for no reason. If anything came from it going viral, I’m glad it was that.”
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