In an ever-increasingly digital, connected world, dates are often organised online, through mates, or through third parties as blind dates.
Sometimes you meet your soulmates. Other times? Not so much.
It was the latter for University of Newcastle students Danny Tapper and Sophia Kypriotis.
While both students agreed they didn’t really click on a romantic level, they had vastly different opinions about how the date went.
The pair met up as part of their university paper, The Courier’s 'Blind Date' feature.
A picture of the paper was shared by a medical student, and it soon went viral...
So Newcastle Uni's student paper does a 'blind date' section and I thought from the guy's POV that it wasn't a good date but it wasn't terrible, then I read the girl's POV and yikes.
...for obvious reasons.
The feature begins by asking both of them what they thought about the other, and they were pretty similar in their first impressions.
Kypriotis and Tapper both thought the other seemed nice enough and friendly, and while the vibe was OK, neither was attracted to the other.
This is where their account differs.
Tapper thought the initial meeting was "awkward" because he wasn’t used to meeting someone without knowing their name. After they exchanged them, it was "fine".
Kypriotis quickly noticed they weren’t compatible, she said, because he was a "Tory and anti-feminist".
He said they chatted about politics without clashing, and seemed to say the discussion they had about it turned out pretty chilled.
"I really don’t like to talk politics when I’ve just met someone and stayed as calm as I could and tried to educate him on his rather misogynistic views," Kypriotis revealed. Uh oh. She added:
He called feminism 'toxic' which allowed women to behave as 'slags'. I found this very insulting and I was actually very offended. I want to say it was a matter of ignorance and I don’t think he is a bad person but his views certainly are not okay by any stress.
Needless to say, Kypriotis cut the date short as she "wasn’t really enjoying" herself.
We definitely won’t be meeting again. I was shocked at his archaic, sexist views. I think it was pretty awful but he messaged me saying he had a pretty good time which I found confusing!
And if Tapper was a drink, what would he be?
"Probably a piña colada," she concluded. "Unsophisticated and a bit embarrassing."