On a good date, you feel butterflies swirling as you gaze into the glowing face of a new love interest, and it can feel as if the whole world is cracking open for you.
But on a bad date, you can physically feel your stomach drop to the floor as you realize the person sitting across from you is capable of making your evening a bizarre nightmare.
Of course, the comfort of bad dates comes from the story factor. In many cases, a weird night with someone incompatible makes for more entertaining brunch conversation than a completely smooth, easygoing time.
At least, that's what we tell ourselves to feel better after another exhausting attempt at placing faith in the possibility of love. Luckily, the internet serves as a cathartic place to share these horror stories and bask in the hell of other people's dating lives.
In a recent Twitter thread, the writer Tyler Oakley asked people to share their worst date horror stories and the internet quickly delivered some fresh nightmare fuel.