When it comes to dating, there’s never-ending fodder about what to do, how to act and what’s actually appropriate. Add in the likes of Tinder’s “swipe right” culture, online dating and the new trend of “ghosting” (just disappearing without telling the person you’re dating why or where you’ve gone), and it seems like a whole heck of a lot more unnecessary complication, doesn’t it?
Well some women are taking a stance against the crappy behaviour that can often go hand-in-hand with dating, with a new Twitter campaign called #WasteHisTime2016. Basically, women are posting crappy things to do to their partners online (in jest, people!), all in response to what they put up with in 2015.
finally allow him to take you on a date then after have him drop you off at your other man’s house #WasteHisTime2016
— cyrene tankard (@cyrenelovette) January 6, 2016
Text him “my phones about to die” then post a snap of the full battery filter on your story #WasteHisTime2016
— Typical Girl (@NotesForGirlz) January 7, 2016
#WasteHisTime2016 Ask him out on a Double Date then show up with your Boyfriend and ask where his date at. 🙂
— Your Majesty. (@MeraMaikano) January 7, 2016
Unfortunately, things took a dark twist when some began to view the campaign as anything but a joke. While the majority of those who are participating clearly meant to joke around but never actually follow through on any of these horrible things, people have taken offence. In fact, it’s spurred a whole alternative campaign, #WasteHERTime2016.
Take her to Victoria Secret, have her pick out her fav clothes😍 , tell her to try them in a fitting room and leave 😊#wastehertime2016
— Milton Wolf (@AboveMilton) January 7, 2016
The good news is that not everyone has responded that way, with some dudes even jumping online to defend the entire movement.
Make her fall in love with you, start a family, travel the world, grow old together, die of natural causes #WasteHerTime2016
— Jack (@jzemanski) January 7, 2016
#WasteHERTime2016? Guys have done that in 2015, 2014, and 2013…what’s new?
— Gregory Pizarro Jr. (@gregpizarrojr) January 7, 2016
Okay, so obviously we could probably all stand to treat each other a little nicer in life, could we not? But at the end of the day, the campaign seems to have done what it originally intended to do: provoke a conversation about all the shitty behaviours that come with dating. In our opinion, if you are lucky enough to be with someone you love, hug them tight. And maybe bring them some flowers or an extra special hug tonight.