Messaging somebody you fancy is exciting, but it can always be a bit nerve-racking as you wait patiently and hope they reply.
Regardless of how funny your banter or how good your hair looked on that date, sometimes it just isn't meant to be and you can end up getting ghosted.
One woman was left completely shocked when she received a reply to the text she sent her crush - eight years and seven months later.
Sally, from Australia, shared a screenshot of their conversation - which started with a message from the anonymous guy on July 17, 2011.
He said: "Hey gorgeous, how are ya?" with a winking emoji, reports news.com.au.
Sally played it cool and waited a few days before replying, sending her message on July 20.
She said: "Hi [his name] I'm good thanks. What you been up to?" with a smiley face."
But that was where the conversation ended - until recently.
The man sent his reply a few days ago, claiming he only just got her message as he had an update on his phone.
Sally's post has been widely shared on social media, with people taking to the comments section to question the man's excuse.
While many joked that he had really committed to playing hard to get, others accused him of ghosting.
One wrote: “He is a man of focus and sheer commitment.”
Others had different issues with the post, with one commenting: “Even after updating, the autocorrect function is still not working for him.”
Sally is the latest in a line of people to share their dating horror stories online, but her experience wasn't anywhere near as bad as what Kimberley Latham-Hawkesford.
The 24-year-old was sent a list of the ways she could "improve herself" after a horrible Tinder date.
She realised he probably wasn't 'The One' when he started asking if she would consider plastic surgery and ticked off when she offered to pay, showing her his bank balance to show how much money he had.
They said their goodbyes and she didn't think much more of it, until she received an unbelievable message out of the blue three months later.
The man says he wanted to explain why he didn't message her after the date, revealing he believed she "could have made the date much better".
He then listed a number of things she should change about herself, including numerous things about her appearance and her personality.
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