Plan On Meeting Someone From A Dating App? First, Let This Animated Short Offer A Lesson And A Laugh.

This could totally happen.

From the stories our friends tell — and from what we've experienced — dating apps are a catch-22: some people can find everlasting love and others, well, not so much.

When perusing apps such as Tinder, Grindr, Hinge, OkCupid, and others, it's important to play it safe, know exactly what you're getting into, and maybe not rush to meet your potential soulmate or one-night stand immediately, even if they do scream perfection from behind the screen.

That could have been helpful in the scenario in a comical animation entitled Hermetic Dating Rituals, produced by Brent Sievers, in which a scenario plays out that's less than happily ever after. After hearing all the right things from a dating app suitor, a man quickly jumped at the opportunity to meet the woman of his dreams in person. All seems to be going well until … it goes up in flames.

The animator and board artist working in Los Angeles created the exaggerated, scary reality of dating apps by using a fun cartoon to deliver the important message — one that might stick with us longer than a lecture.

Watch the NSFW animation below. It'll probably make you think twice about who’s on the other side of your next conversation, but above all, it'll give you a good laugh:

(H/T: DesignTaxi)