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Online Dating Profile Red Flags

Dating Profile Warning Signs

Single guys may spend hours trying to find the best picture of their abs, smile, or strong jawbone for their online dating profile, but sometimes the littlest details can indicate some pretty major, and not so attractive, personality characteristics.

We asked Julie Fishman, coauthor of The Little Black Book of Big Red Flags, to help us become adept at recognizing deal breakers before the first date with the help of a few paragraphs and a picture featured in a guy's dating profile. Here's what she told us to watch out for:

His profile is a novel. "He either has a false sense of importance or no sense of privacy."

His picture is blurry. "He's trying to hide something or he's extremely lazy."

He has a sleazy username. "Do we need to explain why DoMe69 or OrgasmGiver won't make a good boyfriend?"

He uses disclaimers. "If he goes to great lengths to prove that he's not gay, racist, addicted to crack, whatever, we'd put money on the fact that he is."

He uses big words. "He's pretentious and possibly trying to compensate for an educational, cultural, or career insecurity."

His message feels like a form. "He's using the same bait for every gal, hoping someone will be desperate or clueless enough to take a bite."

He has no preferences. "He's apathetic or really needs to get laid and will take whatever he can get."

Have you ever overlooked these online dating red flags only to go on a horrible date? Share your stories in the comments.

For more advice on dating red flags, check out our series with the authors, or pick up their book The Little Black Book of Big Red Flags.

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teramichelle teramichelle 5 years
THIS. One of my biggest pet peeves is when guys send a generic email that you know they sent to a million other people, hoping someone would bite. If you can't take the time to personalize your first communication with me, why should I give you the time of day?
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