7 Warning Signs: Online Dating Profiles

Do you know how to look for warning signs on online dating profiles? Dating is difficult as is, but when it comes to online dating it’s a whole new ball park. This is the time that judging a book by its cover is probably a good thing. Men’s online dating profiles can say a lot about them before you even speak with them. To avoid the clingers and mass cat keepers online take heed of these warning flags and date carefully.

7 warning signs: online dating profiles


Warning sign 1: he 'has roomies’ on his online dating profile

Tread lightly with the term ‘roomies’. Investigate as much as you can when it comes to finding out who their roomies are exactly. Sometimes it could be parents or a former lover who just hasn’t moved out yet. Those situations can get sticky and awkward when things start to get serious.

Warning sign 2: he 'has cats' on his online dating profile

There is something to be said about a man who owns a cat or several cats but there are no scientific reasons or logical studies on what this mean, it’s just a warning flag. There is a reason why society tends to throw an awkward eye dart when they hear a single man has not one cat but two cats. Cat lady and Cat man, avoid.

Warning sign 3: watch the height he's recorded on his online dating profile

Here is a rule of thumb to follow, if a man is less than 5’8 he most likely adds an inch to his actual height on his online dating profile. Unfortunately, some shorter men tend to be insecure about their stance and will nudge a tad on their height. No biggie, we do that to our weight; what’s a few pounds right?

Warning sign 4: the ‘Entrepreneur’

This job title is tricky because there are plenty of successful entrepreneurs searching for love but the term has become the jobless man’s cover. Entrepreneurs can sometimes be men who are between jobs and are embarrassed to state that they are. In today’s economy it’s expected that there will be job loss and layoffs but as far as dating material goes, it could make situations uncomfortable.

Warning sign 5: Photos on his online dating profile 

Be wary of the far away shots and the guys who have large sunglasses and hats on. Either the man doesn’t think his looks matter, or he is hiding something. This is just another sign of insecurity, and women want their man to be confident (in the same way they want us to be). Also another photo issue: men sometimes post photos of themselves with other attractive women. Let’s hope it’s his sister. Men sometimes (on their onlind dating profile) post photos of themselves with pretty friends who happen to be female to show us that they are capable of being with a pretty woman. Why?

Warning sign 6: the shirtless mirror

If a guy takes his photo in his bathroom mirror and he’s shirtless; run as fast as you can. These men typically are overly confident and put your looks over your personality. These photos also show there is a lack of maturity so move on from this ‘Jersey Shore’ wannabe.

Warning sign 6: 'Ready to start a family' on his online dating profile

If a man’s dating bio states he is ready to settle down and have kids ‘immediately’ this is a warning flag. It’s okay for a man to want those things, but there is a thin line when it comes to desperation. Men who typically are over eager to run to the altar, tend to wear rose-colored glasses during the dating process just so that they can get a wife. You could be getting yourself into a ‘Stage 5 Clinger’ if you accept a date from the over eager.

Have you seen these men on your online dating sites? (Here's the list of the best online global dating sites). Have you fallen prey to them before? What's your advice for the best ways of avoiding these online dating traps? If you liked '7 Warning Signs: Online Dating Profiles', please share it on your social networking sites. 

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Nancy Parker was a professional nanny needed and she loves to write about wide range of subjects like health, Parenting, Child Care, Babysitting, nanny background check tips etc. You can reach her @ nancy.parker015 @ gmail.com

Anne Lyken-Garner is a published, author, editor and freelance writer. Her specialities include relationships and confidence building. You can find her inspirational memoir here.


Harleena Singh July 23, 2012 at 6:00 PM  

Interesting indeed!

Though I've never been to any online dating site, nor ever felt the need because I am happily married but I do have a few friends who visit such sites and are in-fact looking to settle down in life now.

I guess I would be sending over this post to them, so that they can be careful and alert. :)

Speaking for myself, if I were given a choice to go on such sites, perhaps I would but just to get a know-how of how things work because nothing can actually match meeting a person in real-life.

When everything is online, we really can't trust the person on the other side of the screen, nor do we know their real identity. In such a case, as I've read in so many places, there are many hearts broken and relationships that might start, but never end the way they should. Yet, people like to go on such sites, perhaps for the fun of it. :)

Thanks for sharing. :)

Anne Lyken-Garner July 23, 2012 at 7:18 PM  

Thanks for dropping by, Leena. I know those of us who've met our spouses the traditional way are a bit wary of online dating sites, but two people very close to me have recently found love - and marriage on online dating sites.

I know another couple who met online and they're now happily married with a beautiful son. My sister and her husband (whom she met online) are now very happily married with a baby on the way.

It can work. Things are so different now from the way it was - dating wise. Apparently, online dating sites are now the in-thing. I've never actually used one, but so many people I know personally have. They seem happy enough with them. You just have to know the rules :-)

Icy BC July 24, 2012 at 1:33 PM  

Great pointers to be on the look out for if I ever need to go to online dating websites..I am out of the loop in this department..

Anne Lyken-Garner July 24, 2012 at 7:45 PM  

I'm sure you'll be fine, Icy. You know just how to hold your own.

ChopperPapa July 25, 2012 at 5:12 AM  

I could write a book on this...

Let me add a few:

1. Any man whose profile picture is of him sitting, standing, or kneeling next to his car, boat or house. Motorcycles, however, are acceptable…:-)

2. Any man who puts in annual income in his profile. For starters, he's almost certainly lying, and second enjoying the benefits of that income will come at personal cost in one way or another.

I thought the cat was interest, though I agree with your comments, guys and cats are like girls and hunting…something just isn't quite right in that arrangement.

Anne Lyken-Garner July 25, 2012 at 9:26 AM  

Valid points. CP. I thought yours were great. The profile picture next to the car will definitely set huge church bells ringing for me - and not in a good way.

Thanks for stopping by and adding to the article.

myletterstoemily July 27, 2012 at 4:43 PM  

i chuckled at the cat man, because i can't imagine
any man, who i admire, loving cats. :)

Anne Lyken-Garner July 28, 2012 at 3:36 PM  

My husband hates them. He's allergic to them as well, so that doesn't help :-)

Judy SheldonWalker August 4, 2012 at 6:30 PM  

I hate online dating sites. I have seen three marriages ruined because someone was stupid enough to allow an online relationship to fool them and lure them away and then found out the persons posting were absolutely frauds. I was kind of curious about the cats though. My husband adores cats and we have always had one. He couldn't stand my little dog though.

Anne Lyken-Garner is a published author, editor and freelance writer. Her specialities include relationships and confidence building. You can find her inspirational memoir here.
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