GChat Will Expose You For Being A Dating Jerkby Lauren Passell on August 02, 2012
In case you weren’t concerned with being a conscientious person before because it’s, you know, polite, perhaps this will inspire you: thanks to gchat records, being a jerk to someone could get you famous. And not in a good way. Or at least exposed for leading someone on.
This is the story of Peter and Helena. It is your typical boy meets girl story. Boy meets girl. Boy flirts with girl.
Boy and girl go on a date (screw in bathroom at Grand Central.) Boy and girl flirt via gchat.
They talk about the future. And shit gets kind of serious.
Peter has to move to Germany for a year — should they do the long distance thing? They keep in touch. Peter goes to Germany and visits Helena in New York. They start making plans for Helena to visit Peter in Germany. Helena gets a little annoyed because Peter is being vague about the trip. She’s obviously thinking, “when is this thing happening?” Then she gets this email:
Change of plans.
At least she moved on with her life. (See the whole relationship in Gchats here.)
The takeaway? Those gchats you are having are being recorded. Your promises are being carved into history.