Social media users have been appalled by a woman’s strange relationship problem: Her boyfriend spends almost all of his free time digging tunnels on his property.
The 27-year-old posted anonymously on Reddit, writing that her 31-year-old boyfriend had spent about a year working his ‘very deep’ tunnel – and while he was always ‘happy’ when he came home from work. digging, he was worried about his physical safety and mental health.
The woman said she no longer has a social life and barely even spends time with him anymore because ‘he doesn’t do anything but dig that damn hole in the ground.’
His plea for advice was met with few responses on Reddit, but his post has gone viral on Twitter, where thousands of people have expressed shock and confusion and made jokes about the man’s odd hobby.
A 27 year old woman posted anonymously on Reddit, writing that her 31 year old boyfriend has spent about a year working his ‘very deep’ tunnel (Stock Photo)
‘How can I get my boyfriend to stop digging his tunnel?’ Reddit post started.
‘So I know it’s a weird question, but my boyfriend likes to spend a lot of his free time digging tunnels in some of the properties he’s inherited. I haven’t seen it fully, but the last time I saw it was deep beneath the surface.
“He spent about a year on it, and it proved. The front of the thing was deep, wide, well put together. In the front, all I saw was a block of cement, an electric lamp, even a small chair and table,” he continued.
‘I haven’t gotten into it yet, but it looks like the quality has dropped drastically as the tunnel gets further away, it mostly becomes open ground with a few logs holding it in.’
The woman said her biggest concern was her boyfriend’s safety, as she was worried the tunnel might collapse on her.
“I’ve tried to voice this concern to him but he just laughs it off and reassures me that he’s going to be fine,” she said.
But he also worries that ‘he doesn’t really have a social life’ anymore, because of this tunnel.
He is always ‘happy’ when he comes home from hours of digging, but he worries about his physical safety and mental health. He said that he no longer has a social life and barely even spends time with him anymore
“I’m the only person he still talks to outside of his job, and he doesn’t go out and do anything anymore,” he wrote.
‘He used to go out sometimes and dig on the weekends, but now he spends almost all of his free time out there. He’s still home, but he doesn’t spend much time with me, and I know he’s doing nothing but digging that damn hole in the ground.
“It’s not good for his mental health, but I don’t know how to convince him to stop,” he insisted.
‘He’s always super excited when he comes back from digging, which is why I’ve never seriously tried to stop him before but I was talking to a friend about him, and he told me he might be going crazy. “Obviously I don’t think he’s crazy, but I don’t consider the mental health aspect of this and I don’t know what to do.”
In follow-up comments, she added that as far as she was concerned, her boyfriend had no ‘real goal in mind’ and ‘just loved the digging process’: ‘I think he was just doing it for fun. ‘
Commentators say he could be in real danger of tunnel collapse or lack of oxygen, and some Twitter users have made jokes.
On Reddit, commenters have noted that the security concerns are legitimate. Not only could the tunnel collapse on to him, they said, but if he wasn’t properly ventilated while underground, he could run out of oxygen and die.
‘This is a very serious hazard that kills people in factories, mines and factories all the time even with ventilation installed. The air below is not as fresh as it is at the surface,’ one commentator warned.
Another concern was voiced that whatever he did could end up on Dateline or 20/20.
‘You’ll be the girlfriend who disappeared or the one who knows nothing about her kidnapping tendencies when she keeps someone in her underground lair,’ they say.
Twitter users are also confused.
‘What happened to the boy??’ wrote Kate Whitaker.
“Men would literally dig a completely useless tunnel instead of going to therapy,” suggested another Twitter user.
Others don’t think there’s a bigger problem in playing and it’s just a harmless hobby
‘Something might be calling him from underground. Happened to my friend Sean. It turned out to be a goblin,’ said another.
‘This sounds like an HP Lovecraft story, will find out he’s digging because the earth is talking to him,’ wrote another.
Others don’t think there’s a bigger problem.
‘Ladies, please. I only ask that you allow this man to dig his tunnel without ridicule,” one wrote.
‘Dude my brothers dig holes for fun, people in Afghanistan will JUMP to dig holes whenever they can. Dudes just love holes,’ wrote another.
‘That’s what men do for fun. They buy tools at Home Depot that they will only use once a year, buy a top fixer car only to work on it for an hour once a month, buy a lot of history books about the war that happened 80 years ago, etc. Let them enjoy their hobby,’ said a third.