Anyone who's ever dated knows that, for the most part, it's a bit of a numbers game that can be incredibly awkward, weird, and sometimes entirely disheartening.
And though the dating pool in the Internet age looks easy enough to navigate, the reality is that dating — even when technology like Tinder puts potential partners literally at your fingertips — the false starts and incumbent agonies can't be erased with a swipe to the left.
That said, we can all take comfort knowing that every dating disaster we've experienced are perfectly relatable: an organic outcome of vulnerability and the search for a companion.
Proving this point are the people who confessed their awkward Tinder experiences on Whisper, an app that allows people to anonymously share their stories and, with any hope, find others who can relate.
What all of their tough moments — whether funny or painful or just plain weird — have in common is that they represent a chance to improve the most important relationship of all: the one you have with yourself. Every bad date or mismatch contains within it, an infinite number of opportunities to learn about yourself.