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Intimidated by online dating

After four exchanges, I realize that the guy is clearly unable to write, spell, punctuate, etc.

The more of these I see on a profile, the less likely I’ll be to either initiate or even respond to communications with an offender. Also, group photos where it isn’t clear which member of the group you are. Cropped couple photos I can’t believe I even need to list this, but I do. I’ve seen more than a few photos of a man who clearly has his arm around a woman who has been cropped out of the photo.

Before I launch into the list, I need to say a few things. Don’t you want to attract someone who’s a bit more discriminating in who they’ll hop in the sack with? To make my list easier to consume, I’ve separated it into categories. was even the Oxford English Dictionary’s word of the year in 2013. If all your photos are selfies, I can only assume that you don’t.

While I don’t expect you to share your income information or other information that you might consider a bit more private than you’re willing to share in a forum as public as a dating site, I do expect you to provide answers for fields such as your marital status, height, body type, education level, religion (or whether it matters), number of children (if not grown), and whether you smoke or do drugs. And no, visiting your kids in Spokane doesn’t count.

Why would you leave out , and that’s only because you might have learned it from your daughter when she was 15. Inaccurate Profiles If anything you include in your profile is not true, you are a liar. That includes truth stretched beyond all recognition. Someone who really loves to travel takes at least a trip or two a year. A guy who really loves to work out at the gym wouldn’t look so dismal with his shirt off (see #5 above). Then what’s with that photo of you and your friends at the sports bar guzzling Bud Light? What do you think will happen when she discovers the truth?

(Guaranteed mine is uglier and I don’t want to talk to you about that, either.) 17.

Saying how hard you work and how important your job is to you.

If you don’t care, then this list isn’t for you anyway; move along. I’m sure that guys reading this will agree that many of them apply to women’s profiles. Your profile picture is the first thing a woman sees when she looks at your profile. Head and shoulders is good for a primary photo, full body (clothes on, please) should be somewhere in the collection. Everyone with a cell phone these days also has a camera. (Oh, and there’s a special place in hell for any man who uses vacation photos taken by his wife on a dating site when he’s still married to her. ) Personally, I think solo selfies are kind of juvenile. You’d better have a build like a Calvin Klein underwear model if you include shirtless photos in your profile.

I want to make it clear here that I’m not just interested in great looking men. While not everyone can be a Calvin Klein underwear model — . I really don’t care what you looked like when you went on that cool trip to Paris in 2005. The next time you’re looking presentable while you’re out with your friends, hand your phone to a friend and tell him/her to snap your picture. It’s one thing to snap a shot of you and your friends at the ball game or beach, all bunched together making faces at a camera for fun, but it’s another to hold the camera at arms length in your bathroom or bedroom to shoot a photo of your face with a clear view up your nostrils. I’ve seen too many shirtless photos of guys who really need to keep that stuff covered.

I work pretty hard in the summer months, work less hard in the spring and autumn, and spent most of the winter trying to keep myself busy with fun things.

Because I’m a freelancer and business owner, I don’t have any set hours.

(Regular readers of this blog know that I’ve got whoppers.) If the baggage your ex left you with is so bad that you have to mention it on a dating site, you need a therapist, not a relationship. When you make a point of saying that in your profile, you’re telling me that your last partner cheated on you. If you can’t get past man, not one who needs constant reassurance and other mommying.