5 Types Of Men You'll Accidentally Date

Dating is an unrivalled experience full of firsts, butterflies and a few never-again moments. Sometimes, we end up dating someone that we later realise was a
bit of an accident. So, get some chalk and let’s tally – how many of these scenarios have you experienced so far?

#1: The (literally) Hopeless Romantic

With this guy, your romantic life is one glorious string of unnatural and pre-planned moments ripped straight from the movies and dumped into the opening credits of your relationship, where your dates are a series of Pinterest-perfect moments and candid snaps that he accidentally caught on camera.

More often than not, you find yourself somehow stood in front of his DSLR as you are pulled into an embrace worthy of a Chanel campaign, just as the light tumbles into golden hour (and then of course the timer just-so-happens to be set for 10 seconds).

Everything looks perfect.

Spontaneity is unknown in this relationship, and his ultimate dream is to have his proposal to you photographed by a love-struck passer-by, and then made viral in a hunt to find the mysterious and romantic gent who planned it all, because doesn’t everyone want a guy like that?

This guy has ideas that come alive on camera, but fail to spark when not filtered with a lens flare. He’s a beautiful mistake, but makes you feel like you’re being directed in a blockbuster instead of actually falling in love.

#2: The Wanderlust Traveller

This is beautiful, poetic; dreamlike and magical, as you meet whilst backpacking on unknown terrains and have your first kiss under feather-like sprays of mist from a waterfall.

By day you stumble upon new vistas and navigate across rivers together; by night you melt marshmallows over a campfire and snuggle beneath a web of sleeping bags and blankets. You have a whirlwind romance at breakneck speed, and vow that you’ll never need anything else in the world as long as you have each other, and commit to travelling the world hand in hand.

Somewhere along the way, he makes you forget about your real life and your commitments back home; your career gently melts away along with your love for social media and everything marble..until ten hours later when you land back home. Reality bites, and the first thing you do is order a low-fat skinny caramel frap with an extra shot from Starbucks, log onto the WiFi and start catching up on what Kim K has been up to in your absence. Your wanderlust starts to ebb away, and soon you’re exchanging emojis with a new Tinder match.

Wanderlust guy isn’t a mistake, he’s just someone who clashes with your lifestyle. Because as much as you enjoy the outdoors and living the natural life, you also really enjoy the four walls of Topshop.

#3: The one that still says “Lol”

This mistake happens shortly after the time your friend says the words “maybe you are just asking for too much”.

You convince yourself that you are prepared to lose the “must have a good grasp of language” attribute and no longer swipe left for the guy who uses the wrong “their” in their Tinder profile (all the while secretly trying to work out how you can slip a casual grammar lesson into conversation).

Ignoring the error, you give him the benefit of the doubt and start chatting. A few minutes in you realise you may have made a horrible mistake as he simply responds with “lol” to the fact that you have a cat named Molly. You trudge on, undeterred with your new carefree conversation attitude. A guy that says “lol” could be endearing.
It could just be his thing

Ten messages later and three more "lol” strikes and you’re out. You reason that it should only be used in irony, and then used sparingly because you are no longer a teenager trying to fill awkward silences on MSN with a crush.

You add the language criteria back to your list, roll up your sleeves and start swiping.

#4: That only-friendly-at-2am Guy

We all have this guy. The one who is part-man-part-owl, who sparks conversations late into the night and somehow has you hooked on his nocturnal attitude.

Over the years you’re still not sure if he has added anything to your life other than the development of bags under your eyes and the need for more concealer and coffee in the morning, but the rebellious teenager in you is transfixed on his mysterious existence and makes you slot your phone to loud as you itch for the inevitable midnight message.

He awakens childlike excitement inside you, and every conversation seems magical – sure, he occasionally makes you miss your morning alarm and you never know how to respond to your friends when they ask who you are texting all the time when out at night, but there is something about him that is totally addictive.

He’s the one you know you should give up. The one you wonder what will happen to when you finally meet someone outside of the realms of his virtual midnight reality.

But for now, he is great (even if he does cut your proposed seven hours of sleep in half).

#5: The ‘Writer’

You know the one. Considers himself the next Shakespeare and showers you with literary gold-dust every waking moment.

A simple “good morning” is not enough to show the level of his love for you, as he talks only in metaphor during the time when you’re desperately trying to work out if it is still night and if your alarm is a cruel mistake.

He’s got a creative soul and considers you his living muse; capturing every breath you take, the way you flick your hair and the shape of your lips to absolute precision. Sure, he’s doting, and makes even the most banal moments seem beautiful, but he’s overbearing and you feel like you have somehow employed a biographer by mistake.

Yes, he writes beautifully and magically, and yes, of course you like reading lovely words about yourself, but deep down you do just want to be able to use hashtags in conversation and reply solely with emoji when you can’t express yourself with actual words.

Maybe you shouldn’t have cast off “lol” guy after all.

Over to you..let me know in the comments which you have experienced, and who I have missed off!

Photo credit: Chris Sardegna @ Unsplash

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