“This is not the person I saw in the pictures” is not a good first impression.

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She was attractive, but it was obvious she was using photos taken of her years earlier.

The date lasted one drink, and we went our separate ways.

Those of you who've tried your hand with online dating know this to be true: every date has the potential to be absolutely terrible, regardless of how well you think it'll go based on the photos you've seen and the texts you've received.

This particular date was full of awkward silences, even though our text banter was fantastic.

The only way one can get out of that shame spiral is to keep swiping “yes” until successfully matching with someone else. The odds were in my favor when I used my arsenal of dating apps.

I quickly lost sight of the purpose of dating apps which was to increase the possibilities of finding someone who I could forge a serious connection with and give me a reason to never look at Tinder again.

Dating apps, at their best, can connect you with people you'd never meet otherwise.

And at their worst, they're completely superficial.

Throw in the fact that you're texting with someone you've never met, and you have a recipe for creating, very easily, the "idea" of the person you think you're meeting for dinner in a few days.

And usually, in our minds, these people don’t have flaws.

But seriously, sometimes things go so wrong—like endless date with a cringe-worthy guy wrong—that you can't help but wonder why you're on the app in the first place.