A COUPLE who have been messaging each other since April last year have ended their first date after just 15 minutes.
Ryan Whittaker and Sophie Rodriguez met on Tinder during the first lockdown and have been messaging, emailing and making FaceTime calls ever since while becoming increasingly infatuated with each other.
But, after travelling a combined 600 miles to meet in person, their first date ended when they both told their waiter that actually they would not be ordering food and would like the bill, please.
Rodriguez said: “You know when the awkward silence begins straight away, and yawns into a bottomless abyss which swallows all small talk into its strained, self-conscious maw? That.
“The conversation which once flowed so freely dried up to nothing. Everything I said was precisely the wrong thing to say as soon as it left my mouth. Everything he said was f**king stupid.
“We both had our phones out 10 minutes in. It was all I could do not to text Ryan, this great guy I’ve been messaging for ages, about how hilariously badly my shit date was going. But the date was with Ryan.”
Whittaker said: “Sometimes the chemistry’s not there, and sometimes there’s a horrible anti-chemistry that destroys everything within 300 yards. Plus her boobs looked bigger on Zoom.”