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.

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).

Let's face it — the online dating world can be daunting. We compiled 13 spot-on stories surrounding online dating, ranging from blog posts on personal experiences to expert advice on the do's and don'ts of the game.

Online dating has become one of the= most popular ways to find love these days.

Unfortunately, online dating seems to bring out the worst in people.

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.bullet after breaking up with a guy she had been dating from Meet Me.

Though he almost moved in with her family, she caught him looking down the shirt of her 12-year-old daughter.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?We're right here with you."I went on a four-hour (FOUR-HOUR) Tinder date with a match who proceeded to walk me through the intricacies of Excel. Hours." -Jo, 22"I met a guy on Tinder and drove to a different state just to meet up with him.Every day he charted his height, weight, what he ate that day, what he weighed, what he read, watched, who he talked to, etc. When I found him on Facebook later that night—after we hooked up—I realized he was cheating on his girlfriend with me. " -Ellen, 22"A group of us went to Miami for spring break, where we used Tinder as a way to figure out where to go each night.Below are some upsetting, embarrassing, and generally terrible online dating tales SELF readers experienced IRL.