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Man whose date asked him to activate 'read receipts' on his phone after their first meeting is told to 'run' by horrified Twitter users

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 15/08/2019 Hayley Richardson For Mailonline
Shocked man checking his mobile phone © Getty Shocked man checking his mobile phone

Many of us choose to turn off the read receipts on our mobile phones to give us a better excuse for not immediately replying to messages.

After all, there's nothing worse than seeing that familiar blue double-tick on WhatsApp, or the iMessage timestamp pop up to indicate the person has received and read our text and actively chosen not to respond.

This is especially true when it comes to dating - but for one man from New York, being ghosted on this occasion would probably have been the preferable option.  a man standing in front of a building: New Yorker Eric Dimitratos, 33, shared a recent exchange he had with a man he was due to go out with on Twitter - and it's been branded 'horror film dating' by fellow tweeters © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited New Yorker Eric Dimitratos, 33, shared a recent exchange he had with a man he was due to go out with on Twitter - and it's been branded 'horror film dating' by fellow tweeters

Eric Dimitratos, 33, who works in digital marketing, shared a recent exchange he had with a man he went on a first date with on Twitter - and it's been branded 'horror film dating' by fellow tweeters.

a screenshot of a cell phone: Eric shared the text conversation in a tweet yesterday, and captioned it: 'Goes on first date, scared he'll ghost but instead gets this test © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Eric shared the text conversation in a tweet yesterday, and captioned it: 'Goes on first date, scared he'll ghost but instead gets this test

In the screengrab of the post-date conversation, the man asks Eric to 'do him a favor' and 'turn on read receipts' - complete with instructions on how to do so.

Baffled, Eric replies: 'What!?!' 

He captioned his tweet yesterday: 'Goes on first date, scared he'll ghost but instead gets this text.' 

It went viral in less than 24 hours, notching up more than 1,500 retweets, almost 19,000 likes, as well as generating more than 1,200 comments. 

Many Twitter users advised Eric to run a mile, using appropriate gifs, while one branded the date's behavior 'some controlling cray-cray'.

a screenshot of a cell phone

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One tweeted: 'This is the part of the crime documentary where the steely narrator intones something very ominous, and we cut to commercial.'

One shared an image of a woman handing a man a 'dozen red flags' while another said their next reply would be: 'Brand new phone, who dis?'

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'You thought you were in a ghost story and instead it was true crime,' one joked.

And one admitted: 'Would've blocked him right then. Nobody needs that neurotic energy around.' 

'Well at least this trend has helped me for once,' added another. 'I never knew read receipts could be on a per contact basis.' 

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More on this story:

Seven in 10 Brits feel they 'don't have enough friends' (The Independent)

Why Backpackers Are Good at Saying Goodbye (The Daily Beast)

Is being rich a requirement for maintaining friendships in 2019? (Well + Good)

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Asked if there was a follow-up, Eric admitted: 'It's no love story. Or rom-com.'

Not surprising really; as one Twitter user pointed out, this is more like 'horror film dating'.

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