How To Get Out Of A Bad Date In 60 Seconds

We've all been on an excruciatingly terrible date.

Last updated on Jun 20, 2023

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Once upon a time when I was single, I went on an awful date with a man who seemed to take his fashion advice from Marty McFly. In an effort to escape from the terror of the incredibly awkward evening, I asked my best friend, via text, to save me.

It's a scene that isn't terribly uncommon in the land of single people.

Some dates are so absolutely horrible that a getaway is necessary because you are just too polite. However, actually learning how to get out of a bad date and getting away in a relatively polite manner can be tricky.


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Luckily, eHarmony has set out to create an escape route for how to get out of a bad date.

No more suffering through awkward conversation. No more of that dreaded feeling of time being wasted.

The online dating site developed a "Bad Date Rescue App" for singles around the world. The app allows users to schedule fake incoming calls on their iPhones, offering a quick and easy escape from cringe-worthy dates. 


So, before you go, you can schedule a call for during your date, which you can cancel at any time, or you can always go to the restroom to schedule a fake call if your date is disastrous and you need a way out.

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This app has several emergency-worthy options to choose from, like a call from your mom exclaiming, "Your sister is having a baby!" Of course, stay away from this option if you've already discussed your siblings and are suspicious without a sister in real life.

Another alternative: Your neighbor is calling, and a water pipe in your apartment has sprung a leak! Oh no, you gotta run! Or, even better, it's your boss, and they need you at the office immediately for an emergency.


In an effort to make the calls as authentic as possible, your screen looks just like a legitimate incoming call and features a real voice on the other end.

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Whose voice? Doesn't matter — all that counts is getting you out of a bad date from hell.

For those bad liars who are unsure of what to say to the fake caller (and wary of blowing their cover), a "repeat after me" option is available. Select it and the app will feed you the proper lines to make your date truly believe you've got to get going immediately.

Where was this app during my encounter with Marty McFly? This app is truly a genius idea that will save everyone a lot of headaches, especially if you are too nice and you don't want to hurt their feelings.


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Kait Smith is an editor, writer, social media manager, and blogger who writes about the rules of love and relationships.