Guys Whisper The Highs And (Mostly) Lows Of Online Dating

Gay dating websites can be an awesome way to connect, but can also be a real drag. Messages go unanswered, hours seem wasted scrolling through endless profiles and something that’s supposed to hook you up leaves you feeling as isolated as ever.

Below is a Whisper round-up of revelations made by men who are either disillusioned or ambivalent toward online dating.w1w2w17w3w16w4w15w5w14w6w13w7w12w8w11w10w9

84 thoughts on “Guys Whisper The Highs And (Mostly) Lows Of Online Dating

  1. Online dating? Hmmmmmm! I know it barely works. Grindr is a hookup app and not a love app IMO

    Meet a guy organically or have someone refer you/introduce you!

  2. Same guys we meet online are same guys we meet in the clubs, churches, weddings and schools. So whichever way you meet yours..you both can define wht u two want. Either for fuckery only or get more nd more fucks, even orgy perhaps or a relationship.#Grins& gives the kind of facial expression I give when my fuck buddy says over the phone “Lemuel, Can you come over?”

  3. Stop whining!

    There are more serious problems in life.

    That you met him at choir practice and not on Grindr doesn’t make him any better.

    The same rejections you’ll face on Grindr are the same you’ll face from the hot guy in your tennis club because – surprise! – he’s on Grindr too! *eye roll*

    It’s not the app, it’s how you use it. That bloody empty profile full of “n/a, n/a, n/a…” all the way to Madagascar, fix it!

      • LOL, A-non. Well…

        We complain that the internet is full of creeps and horndogs. First of, stop pathologising human sexuality; sex is good, people should have it when and if and how they want to.

        Second, WHY THE FUCK IS YOUR PROFILE BORING? Not one thing interesting about you except that you’re “here for like-minded folks”. Come on, what does that even mean? It doesn’t have to be something major. So you love noodles or cars or you’re an Anorexic Bottom, well put it there!

        I’d never advise that people go online to search for love.

        Hell, I’d never advise that people *search* for love at all, anywhere.

        Perhaps I’m just naive, but I believe love finds you. And, like the Lord, when he *comes* will he meet you ready?

        A boyfriend is not a job or a career opportunity that you go out hunting for. You will just exhaust yourself. Just live, make friends, have sex (within the boundaries you are comfortable with)…and you never know.

        You want to meet interesting guys for friendship or more, are *you* interesting? After your name, age, location, role, cute face, and whether you live alone or not, what else is awesome about you? What will keep after your 80th birthday?

        Be the man you wanna meet.

        Kizito, I see you too! (lol)

        Bye!

  4. I think I am ready to start dating but not even sure where to start from especially as the comments so far has been mixed….

    Fingers crossed

  5. Visit gay sites *shudders*. Not my thing. Is it not ironic that people who want love/ relationship go online when chances of finding either is very slim?

  6. “Dating in the gay world is like finding a job. You have to either go online or get referred.” Touche. Lol. I agree with Absalom though. My first Badoo account, I didn’t enjoy it because it was scant. Very few pics and all. But now it’s different. Which doesn’t mean I like it either even with all the people now chatting me up. You find very few people you can talk to. And, is it just me, or are the over-30 guys too cautious? Most of the 30-somethings I see there use just one picture.

  7. 4th pic…So many dudes who can’t converse just want ur numba immediately and maybe a fuck in d nxt hr.
    10th, The serial killer part tho + kito wearer here.
    15th, All the guys u message aren’t just into u and vice versa.. #sigh Sums it up

  8. I have had a really nasty experience concerning online relationships.
    There was this Hot, Amazing looking guy I met online and we exchanged contacts. He called me when he was in town and I went to meet him only to find the worst looking MAN with a massive Paunch in front of him, scruffy looking and horrible accent.
    It took the Grace and Poise of a Diva for me to be civil enough to stand him for 10 mins after which I FLED and cut all communications with him.
    Since then, I’ve sworn off online dating and I’ve resorted to “Organic Relationship* which has paid off for 4years and counting *with its Highs n Lows*

  9. I actually agree with everything. I guess it is only the very hot guys who have is so good. You start off so well with some people, and after some minutes they’d tell you that they are alone and horny and want you to visit them, when you decline, God help you if your messages get answered or if you won’t be deleted or blocked. I have also noticed that some hot guys are mainly after sex. They want nothing serious. I think I want more than that.

    You guys that are talking about meeting people ‘organically’, can you show me how to do that in Abuja or maybe Lagos. I no wan person whey go chop the small money whey I get oooo. That was how one guy was telling me about his family problems and how he needed a place to stay, money for school and other stuffs. The guy kept pestering that he wanted to visit me. The funniest thing is that he sends me messages at night. There was a time we were chatting by 11 PM and he said he wanted to come. This is coming from someone who stays in Gwarimpa and I stay around Airport Road. I kept on giving him excuses, but im no gree. He said he would use a cab. A friend of mine who knows him told me to delete him that he also did the same thing to him.

    • Sinnex! Sinnex! Sinnex!

      How many times did I call you?

      So you were waiting for your friend to tell you before you delete that boy abi?

      Ok!

      • Lol.
        Regarding d topic, it’s not so easy to meet people offline. A lot of ppl here say they’d never touch internet-dating, and only meet ppl “organically”. But it’s not that easy for everyone to meet ppl organically. Not everyone is that out-going or sociable or lucky. One of the things about being gay; it’s not like heterosexuals, where u can see a hot guy on the street and walk up to him *sigh*. U have to be referred by ur friends (but chances are,most times, the friends of ur friends, are already ur own friends too,in d first place).
        Online, at least u’re sure that the stranger u’re trying to chat up is gay (not a certainty that we’re always entitled to in real life).
        Online dating is a bitch,really, but for so many ppl, it’s d only way of meeting a stranger whom u’re sure is gay.
        OAN: my best/longest relationship started from- wait for it- MANJAM! Hehehe. (And my strangest/weirdest relationships were “organically orchestrated”…go figure.)

      • AMEN to that Chestnut. Amen! #sigh Sure or not, the screening processes n examinations I have to conduct b4 I decide to meet ppl offline nko? Its even more exhausting than getting my contact details…and I try to avoid doing that A LOT.

    • Gwarimpa to airport road isn’t that far now, just 2k for taxi (since it’s around midnight) should solve it. ***flees***

      Sinned you can meet people organically in Abuja, it’s all in the eyes…. Be aware of your surroundings, don’t just glade through amigos or Next stores without taking in who’s who and who’s not…

      I didn’t say you should stare oooo lol

      • Looool Colossus I thought you lived in Lagos?

        Everywhere you go really, just keep an eye out for potential eye candy…. You may never know who’s looking right back at you

      • JArch, that thing you’re prescribing is so exhausting ehn!

        And since I’m neither fashionable nor cute, odds are I’ll end up doing all the staring anyway. My ex is always trying to teach me these…tricks, but I never learn.

        Not to talk of those times I smile foolishly at a total stranger all in a bid to appear, uh, *approachable*.

        Absalom haff suffer sha.

      • Biko twll me more about this your notion of ‘its all in the eyes’, am deely interested … how d u look in someone’s eyes and see that he’s gay or not?

      • Khaleesi you of all people should not be asking me this question na, I had citied a real life example of how it worked when you and I had dinner some months ago. Remember the gist about Lagos????

  10. I believe online dating is a lot more easier than organic dating to be honest. Especially in a country such as our. Also who says the same guys you meet at church or at a party don’t have a profile online?

    With online dating it’s easier to gauge to a guy’s personality from a safe distance, it works for me anyway, whether it’s just for quick shag, or friends with benefits or potential boyfriend, you can tell who belongs to which category on the first day, after sending messages back and forth

  11. Online dating or apps isn’t the problem here… it’s the people…

    Because I agree with the person that said “same people u meet in real life are the same ones on the gay apps”.

  12. If you’re scum, you’re scum. If you’re decent, you’re decent. Does not matter where people meet you, so long as you are who you are, nothing would change.
    The internet creates that level of anonymity which makes people to be bolder and say things. If you met a guy online who tells you He wants to handcuff you, spank you with a whip, eat your ass with layers of whipcream and screw you till you can’t walk, chances are, if you also met him in a church, he’ll write it on a note and slip it in your pocket while you were both going for holy communion.

    • Those twinks in the second pix tho*
      Yummy! How can you not love twinks.. Such adorable *things* yes! Things! Cuz I just want to own them. Lol

      If you want quick shag.. Go online.
      If you want a long lasting relationship.. Go Natural. It’s just that simple. Majority of those that go through the process having profiles online.. Esp Exclusively Gay sites do so just to get a quick shags.. Hence, why they are always reluctant to add adequate detials abt themselves on it. I know I’m guilty of that.. Mostly Anyone I meet online is for quick shag.. Most people I meet have the same mindset.. LOL at those that really believe they would find ” true Love ” online.. Good luck on that.
      IMO You won’t meet Classy people that want true long lasting relationships online. IMO o! That’s just what I think.

      By the way
      Absie and Colossus what planet are you guys from? Really? Both of yall are just all ‘shades of awesome’

  13. i think referrals work best. Social media too. I usually check who people follow to get a clue to whether they play for my team. Depending on if they followback, and we can have random conversations. Proceed to DM! You have to be fully convinced they are, o di kwa risky. Start off friendly and non sexual.

  14. Those twinks in the second pix tho*
    Yummy! How can you not love twinks.. Such adorable *things* yes! Things! Cuz I just want to own them. Lol

    If you want quick shag.. Go online.
    If you want a long lasting relationship.. Go Natural. It’s just that simple. Majority of those that go through the process having profiles online.. Esp Exclusively Gay sites do so just to get a quick shags.. Hence, why they are always reluctant to add adequate detials abt themselves on it. I know I’m guilty of that.. Mostly Anyone I meet online is for quick shag.. Most people I meet have the same mindset.. LOL at those that really believe they would find ” true Love ” online.. Good luck on that.
    IMO You won’t meet Classy people that want true long lasting relationships online. IMO o! That’s just what I think.

    By the way
    Absie and Colossus what planet are you guys from? Really? Both of yall are just all ‘shades of awesome’

  15. I agree with the talk of people u meet naturally being same as those u meet online. Btw,not everyone is interested in the superhot dude. A friend of mine used to say, ‘if u need a one man guy, run away from the superhot dudes’. They basically just about sex now or delete.
    I’ve had two bfs from online site and they both been wonderful in their own way. So I guess the trick is with the individuals involved. Although it cud be frustrating meeting one u’d like back.

    For the naturally stuff, I can’t still get my head around that. I mean, how do u just know that he is it??? I stare and stare and nothing. So I just walk my way out.

    I still fantasize about meeting sum1 in a coffee shop. Well, God help us all.

  16. For those of you who need tips on meeting guys organically *you know yourselves*
    1. Its all about the magnetic attraction *I don’t know bout a lot of people but when I see someone who suppossedly plays 4 D̶̲̥̅ team, I get all sorts of alarms beeping in my head *gaydar anyone*
    2. Get close enough to catch his eye @ least 2ce *dats if you are in Shoprite, Next or Amigos* and maybe ask him 4 the cereal or toiletries section or for directions *if you are on the road*. The key is to do it with a smile *not a full toothy smile nor a smirk. Moderation is key.
    3. Or you could play the *you look familiar” card *sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. If it doesn’t jst apologise with a smile and maybe ask him to get a drink with you *as an atonement for your sin* then build your relationship from there.
    PS these tips aren’t Fool-Proof but if executed properly should get you a second hangout or date*depending on how interesting you were in atonning for your sin of mistaken Identity.
    I beg of you if you don’t have an effective alarm system, don’t attempt no 2. Just wait for your refferal.
    Good Luck
    Hope to hear Testimonies soon though
    And remember to Smile *a good smile is never forgotten*

    • Do we have to go for teeth whitening before we start the smiling process? Some smiles are already a turn off you know.

      • If necessary bt like I said, flash the smile. *we are not doing a Close-up, Macleans or Oral B commercial.
        But overall, an interesting personality with a good sense of humour plus a wide knowledge and idea of issues and happenings will definitely get you a second outing *provided you both are thinking with your heads and not your balls*

      • @trystham lol @i hope you ve notes…furious beating
        lol still, plus the public embarrassment wont ve part 2
        Plz dont try it at home , oh, sorry to say think twice
        before someone get thrown in the lagoon.

    • Seems like you want me to go through the same experience I had last year. This time, the guy won’t only hiss and walk away, he’d definitely give me a very hot slap that would chase the “gay” out of me.

      I have not even been to Amigo or Shoprite before sef.

      • Huh? You stay in Abuja and you’ve never been to shoprite? Where do you shop? Mama Nkechi provision store down the road? Once in a while, take a trip to shoprite at Silverbird or grand tower mall, stroll around, smile to everybody and feel your manjina tingle. It’s quite the stress buster, so I’ve heard.

      • You had me @Mama Nkechi shop. Not far from the truth tho.

        I have been to SEC, but never entered Shoprite. Sometimes I see people carrying nylons with just a can of Sprite in it, I am like, WTF…make I go Shoprite go buy stuffs when I never marry….

      • @PP I knew there was something wrong with the statement. The truth is that it is quite far from my house and I don’t see the reason why I’d go there when I can buy it close by. If I was married, then, maybe I’d have the need to buy more stuffs for the family.

        I only meant that being married would mean me buying more stuffs, so, undergoing the stress of going there.

  17. Online dating has its downsides but in a homophobic country like ours where every gay guy has to watch his back and would rather walk a plank than approach another guy in public, then Grindr and co would do just fine! We haven’t exactly got gay bars opening in numbers here, or social gay gatherings – its even against the law. So we might as well suck it up and make do with what we have!

  18. OK CHILDREN GATHER ROUND. What I have to say it totally unrelated to the post here but I had to do amebo about it somewhere – sorry pinky

    For all you series buffs, there’s a new series around, it’s called “CUCUMBER” ….. If you enjoyed Queer As Folk and love daddies, then you’ll enjoy this one too.. it’s in it’s first season and so far about 5 episodes have been aired

    A friend of mine introduced it to me last week and I’ve been lol’ing and aww’ing since I began. So please avoid wearing a LASTMA jacket. Go on YouTube and enjoy

    Signed:
    JArch
    HONOURABLE MINISTER OF DADDY AFFAIRS

    Ps: most of the episodes on YouTube are dubbed, so not much enjoyment in that regard but it’s still clear nonetheless

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