Red flags and online dating

If they didn’t score higher on his priority list than wet t-shirt night at the bar, he’s both a deadbeat dad and a jerk, and you don’t want to be his next baby mama.

He talks crap in his profile about all the “crazy, ugly, and fat chicks” he’s met online and vies for sympathy.

You're really hitting it off, but the dude is basically a ghost. No one who online dates is "off the grid." He's hiding a dark secret (or he just has a girlfriend).

You're thinking things are going really well so far. Is he sleeping during the day and going out at night to fight crime?

It’s hard to meet guys organically these days, so many of us turn to online dating when we’re looking for our next relationship.

And while it’s easier to find guys we have more in common with this way, we still only know what they choose to tell us about themselves, some of which probably isn’t even true.

People are always checking him out when he walks down the street, but he hates the attention. Even if it's a really pretty dick, the odds that this guy is going to be a good husband are slim to none. Unless you are actually a giant baby, Benjamin Button-style, there's no reason for some guy you don't know to call you that.

He calls you "baby" within his first three messages.

You get a text that seems like it was meant for someone else. If he doesn't have a job, it's understandable that he won't want to lead with that, but if he won't even elaborate when pressed, he either (1) does something shady as hell for a living or (2) is just fine with lying a lot. It's another if he freaks out at the prospect of you being within a 20-mile radius of his home. You shouldn't be one to judge a book by its cover, obviously, but if he's actively trying to deceive people, that says a lot about his personality. If he talks to you constantly but doesn't meet up, or have social media profiles, or ever want to video chat ... Start doing reverse image searches (and don't forget to flip the image in case he's doing the same thing to throw you off the scent).

Once all his money is spent, all you’ll be left with is a douchebag.

He says he has kids, but doesn’t list spending time with them as one of his important hobbies.

From his bio and pictures, you can see that he spends a lot of time at the gym and drinking with his bros, but nowhere does it mention loving his children or seeing them often.

Any parent that’s worth a damn is proud of their kids and wants to spend as much time with them as possible.

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