First let me say, online dating is great for most people. However, the majority of my clients prefer to keep their dating life anonymous and private, therefore they don’t usually use online dating sites. As for me, I’m more like you. I work a lot, most of my friends are in relationships and I spend all day in front of the computer. So, naturally, online dating is an easy way for me to meet people whom might not normally cross my path. Unfortunately, the majority of the men I see online are men I would rather NOT ever cross paths with online or off.
That being said, I know there are really great, marriage-minded catches out there that are using online dating sites; you just have to know how to spot the keepers.
A great way to weed through the possibilities and move you one step closer to finding your love match is by scoping out profile photos. Of course, we all use these photos to decide which men to contact. However, I’m sure many of you simply look at the photo but don’t see the whole picture. Some of these photos might seem appealing, but don’t be fooled. A photo can help you determine which guy might love himself more than he could ever love you or who might not be exactly what he seems.
Here is a list of things to look for when perusing the photos:
- Any man who is just too cute or too sexy: Avoid this guy or you will be in a long line with every other woman on the site. And he knows it! Why would a kid want to ever leave a candy store?
- Any man who has his shirt off.
- Posing and making cutesy or weird faces or just being too silly.
- Too stylish.
- Too perfect of a “headshot”: Airbrushing and Photoshop can be very deceiving.
- Too much of a bad boy.
- An overgrown kid.
- Photo resembles a mug shot or Wanted poster.
- Any man who has 10, 12, or 20-something photos of himself.
- His screen name can be a window to his psyche as well, so be ware.
Now, that we’ve gotten that out of the way. Here is what you should be looking for when you view the photos:
- A guy with a genuine smile.
- A guy who isn’t trying too hard.
- A guy who just looks like a regular guy—not a model, not an actor, not a bad boy, or a comedian, or James Bond.
- A guy who isn’t too put together, but not disheveled either. Just simple, not flashy or too cool.
- A guy who only has two or three photos.
- A guy who’s photos might be a little out of focus, because he’s just a regular guy who isn’t that concerned with “perfect” photos.
Finally, a guy who looks too perfect or sounds too perfect is also looking for perfection in his lady. So chances are, even if you go out with him, he will be looking for any flaw and he will find it, because no one is perfect. Look for a guy who looks like a “good guy”. Going for just the shiniest object on the page will prove to be a waste of time and energy.