We all deserve love and to be loved. I mean, is it too much that we’re asking for? But if you've ever walked in the shoes of a singleton, and at some point we all have, you know what a blessing and a curse it may be. Let’s face it, the dating game is not for the faint-hearted, no matter what the media and apps that people download and delete in a cycle of despair and hope would tell us.

In fact, a Pew Research survey showed that most of those on the romantic hunt, which makes up 15% of American adults who are single and looking for a relationship, are dissatisfied with their dating lives. How come?

Well, the answer lies somewhere between the lines of real-life stories from people who survived the most awkward date. And although the degree of awkwardness varies substantially from one date to other, anyone who’s had a bad one came out of it with a fun (hopefully fun) memory to talk about.

Thanks to Twitter user Steven Glansberg, who asked “What’s the most awkward date y’all ever been on?” we now have a collection of honest answers that tick all the boxes for a well-made drama film. Psst! After you're done, make sure to check out our previous post with the worst first date stories right here.

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Sian Waldron
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1 month ago

Cute

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Eslamala
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1 month ago

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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Sum Guy
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1 month ago

Look who won

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In a sense, every date is like your first date. The nervousness is real, but the level of it varies from person to person. Some see it as a test they want to pass real badly, others go with a more relaxed approach and see where the encounter takes them.

So previously, Bored Panda contacted Susan Winter, love coach and author of “Breakup Triage: The Cure for Heartache,” to find out what she has to say about nailing the dating game. It turns out, even if the impulse to create romantic relationships exists, the skill set to do so may not. Susan said that there’s been an increasing loss of capacity for clear communication and clarity of "dating purpose."

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Anna Banana
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1 month ago

Not an ideal date situation but at least his parents are happy. It has to be better than learning that mom is cheating on dad.

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Dan Buczynski
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1 month ago

You got the assignment wrong. This thread is for bad dates only. This one sounds awesome.

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Sum Guy
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1 month ago

Hahaha... What we see here folks is what cartoons have been trying to depict with the angel and demon on each shoulder

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According to Susan, it’s important to know what you want and how you want it: “Without mental clarity, there is no emotional clarity.” Firstly, “we must know what we want out of a relationship.” And secondly, “we must define those goals to our perspective mate, using language they understand, e.g. 'I want a partner,' or 'I'm just looking to have fun.'"

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Tara Brooks
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1 month ago (edited)

I adore her! Now I’m curious who it was... I looked it up. His name is Mark Anthony "Gator" Rogowski

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I want cake
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1 month ago

Wow, that's toxic as all hell. Using your children to guilt women into camping home with you, is just terrible. I feel really sorry for that kid.

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Dan Buczynski
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1 month ago

How long do you think he sat there, timing your "bathroom break" before he realized what happened?

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When asked whether people still date in these unprecedented times, the relationship coach assured us that they indeed do, but nobody really calls it “dating” anymore. “This seems to be a resistance to the term itself. 'Dating' may feel too formal a word for some people who'd rather say they're hanging out, or hooking up,” she explained.

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Dan Buczynski
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1 month ago

...literally...

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Dan Buczynski
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1 month ago

This could easily be one that ended in "and we were married a year later"

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Sian Waldron
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1 month ago

You dodged a bullet there mate. She sounds crazy & shallow

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Meanwhile, more and more singletons are now getting into doing "proper dates." Susan explained: “Old-school protocol can seem interesting and new wave when it's a novel departure from the norm of nondescript get-togethers.”

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Sum Guy
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1 month ago

How has that never come up before the date

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Eslamala
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1 month ago

A sign!!

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Dan Buczynski
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1 month ago

How was the second date?

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“If your partner takes the time and energy to plan a great date, then you know they have the capacity to invest time and energy into a relationship.” So no date should be overlooked. Planning a first date is a way to show that you're invested in making a good impression. “Plan in advance. Know your partner's preferences: their likes and dislikes. Be creative. Be thoughtful. Be kind,” suggested Susan.

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Yaz Cam
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1 month ago

Moral of the story: I had no idea how to spell tchotchkes 🤦🏾‍♀️

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Sum Guy
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1 month ago

They say talk about what you know

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CatWoman312
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1 month ago

Yes complete stranger I just met. Stick it up my ass

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Jonathan
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1 month ago

You shouldn't have followed the location, could have gotten yourself murdered.

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CrunChewy McSandybutt
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1 month ago

Sounds like the pastor was c**k blocking you for his own selfish reasons.

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Sum Guy
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1 month ago

Now you know not to sneak up on the guy

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Natalia A
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1 month ago

Good for you! I was once told by a guy I had a crush on that he didn't fancy me because he didn't fancy bigger girls.

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Sum Guy
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1 month ago

That's a d**k of a PO.

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Dan Buczynski
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1 month ago

"Sir!" lol

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Ellie J
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1 month ago

I think I'd prefer a whole child crawling out rather than half a child

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JennyLaRue
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1 month ago

What an absolute douche!

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Eslamala
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1 month ago

Pathetic!

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Natalie Bohrteller
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1 month ago

Well, at least there was some action involved.

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Anna Banana
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1 month ago

I can't help but feel that there's more to this story

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Dan Buczynski
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1 month ago

Everybody farts

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Everything AGR
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1 month ago

not sure if i should upvote cuz it fits the title or downvote cuz bruh

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

In his mind you already proved that you're very rich, so you surely wouldn't mind buying him a ps5. Logic....

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Candace Fitzpatrick
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1 month ago

As much as I agree that this person dodged a bullet, I find it really weird when people go to a restaurant and don’t order anything.

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Sum Guy
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1 month ago

Ouch...

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Dan Buczynski
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1 month ago

More about the coffee loving goat tho

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