Having to endure uncomfortable dates and awkward chit chat is just a small part of the process of finding "the one" – at least, that's what we tell ourselves (and our frustrated friends who are ready to throw in the towel and accept the fact that they will be forever alone).
Unfortunately, online dating seems to bring out the worst in people.
Online dating has become one of the= most popular ways to find love these days.
Hiding behind your computer screen in safety and the comfort of your own home is so much easier than dragging yourself out a club or bar trying to be a friendly, personable person.
What could possibly be better for looking for potential mate on your own terms, while kicking back in your PJs?
However, most people who have spent any amount of time "playing the field" can tell you that they have had their fair share of dating horror stories.
She was giving looks of disgust to everyone who looked at me who was female.
The dating game is tough and there are so many questions you have to ask yourself when you take the plunge and meet someone for the first time. These are all natural concerns, but spare a thought for those people who've had a TRULY terrible first date.
And most importantly, will they be able to smell that garlic on your breath from lunch?
People lie about who they are or what they look like, and it's just the beginning of the awful experiences you're bound to encounter with trying to meet someone through a dating website.
Below are some of the most outrageous Internet dating nightmares. Vote up the most horrifying stories that make you grateful you've never had to experience them, and vote down the ones that really aren't so bad.
We're talking getting into a fight on the tube, hiding behind wheelie bins and your date urinating on your floor - yes, really.
Read on for 14 truly awful tales that will either make you glad to be single or appreciate your other half.