The 6 Types Of Dates Every Girl Gets Set Up On At Least Once

Every well-meaning friend in a relationship is absolutely 100% convinced that they need to set you up immediately. It’s the thought that counts — they’re blissfully happy (or they’re just bored and looking for someone available for double dating). Whether you’re a desperate college girl in need of a date who will photograph well and not show up in jeans, or an adult woman looking to get wifed up by a friend of a friend instead of a Tinder stranger danger, it’s more than likely that you’ve been on any and all possible awkward blind dates.

  1. The one your friend secretly has feelings for. This guy is the most awkward set up. Not because he’s weird, but because you actually hit it off, despite your first date dread. Your friend can’t stop raving about him before you meet — he’s tall, dark, and handsome, has a real, grown-up job, and seems perfect on paper. Unfortunately, both you and your friend are equally into him, which you don’t realize until the post-date when she grills you.
  2. The guy who’s maybe gay. He’s gorgeous and is perfect for photo ops, no filter necessary. Whether you’re single for wedding season or just need someone to make an ex jealous, he’s your man. You have the best time ever because he’s an incredible dancer, a good listener, and is extremely attentive. Once the night’s over, you think maybe something might happen — but so does his boyfriend.
  3. The dude you can’t believe anyone would think is acceptable.Your friend didn’t exactly rave about this guy, but she seemed to think he was good enough for you to go out with you. He looks older than your father and has definitely been arrested at some point in the not-so-distant past (you know this because he tells you). Once the night is over you can’t wait to escape, but he thinks it’s the start of something special. The only thing it’s potentially the beginning of is a serious restraining order.
  4. He might be kind of/sort of seeing someone.You think you had the best time, until he starts sketchy texting. When the date is over and you don’t hear from him for more than the customary three days (of ancient times — now it’s the mid week investment text to show he’s interested before the weekend), you ask your friend — and she mentions that he might kind of/sort of be seeing someone, which would have been nice to know before your date.
  5. The guy who’s bad news bears. Your friend didn’t actually mean to set you up. She introduced you at random, and you couldn’t help but hit it off. After you make plans, you ask your friend about him, and everything she has to say is actively awful. By that point it’s too late. Eventually you realize she was right on your own (while you’re crying into a pint of Ben & Jerry’s).
  6. The adult man you have nothing in common with (except that you’re both single).This type of extremely awkward setup usually comes courtesy of someone ancient. Either a parent, grandparent, or coworker thinks that just because you’re both under the age of 50 and still single it must be destiny. They are very wrong.
Margaret is a freelance writer who covers pop culture and fashion in New York City. Her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, xoJane, and Racked. She tweets about her crippling caffeine addiction and teen TV obsession here: @margaretabrams