Online dating has become a very casual thing, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be wary of your matches and their intentions.
As unfortunate as this is, it’s almost inevitable to come across some online daters that are not good people, are very pushy, or are really dangerous. And because of this, it is extremely important for you to be able to identify the red flags that can be found in the profiles of people like this.
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If their bio is leaving a lot of space for you to fill in with your own imagination, you might as well fill those blanks with the word “WARNING”.
While a sparse bio can mean something as small as that person not liking having to write about themselves, it can also be a sign of a fake account. Either way, you should proceed with caution.
If the profile belongs to a real person, best-case scenario is that they did not want to put the time and effort into completing their bio. So, this person could be on the app just looking for something really casual or they are just half-heartedly trying.
Whichever way is true, this person is not the ideal match if you’re looking for something with potential.
If there seems to be something just a little bit off with a match’s profile photos, you should probably dig a little deeper.
When you run across a profile that either has very few photos and/or has super attractive or provocative photos, you are most likely looking at a fake profile. Whether this means it’s a person that is not being truthful about their own looks or identity, or it’s the face of a scam or bot system.
A profile with too few photos can mean that the person who set it up could not find enough pictures of the same person to add to the profile. And too attractive photos could mean they are stolen pictures of real models.
The best thing to do when you find these questionable photos is to trust your suspicions and do a reverse image search. Wherever it leads back to should tell you the truth.
And if you complete the search and are still in doubt, it’s best just to move on and not take the risk.
When their bio reads more like a shopping list for a mail-order spouse than a profile about themselves, take that as a forewarning.
Profiles that list out all of the unrealistic qualities that their matches should have before trying to talk to them are not going to be owned by kind and caring people.
Even if this tactic is used subtly, like “must be over 6 ft” or “must be able to cook” it is the sign of a person that is not open to a genuine connection if their superficial standards are not met.
Consider these profiles as major warnings of matches that are not ready for a real connection.
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If your match can’t even manage to keep things positive in a short bio, they probably won’t be that fun to get to know in real life.
Profiles that read as negative or whiny are going to be owned by people that have either already given up on online dating or they just have a very pessimistic or cynical worldview.
Whichever of these may be true, it is likely that you would not enjoy their company on a real date or even just in text.
Depending on the way that their profile is written, a couple negative points here and there doesn’t have to turn you away immediately if it seems like they may have been joking, but that has to be a personal choice.
If you get turned off or have a less than excited feeling when reading through their bio or talking to them, there is no reason to stick around that negativity.
When first contact ends up feeling pushy, awkward, or just generally gross, consider it a neon, flashing warning sign.
If, at any time, a conversation takes a turn that makes you feel uncomfortable in any way, there is no good reason for you to stick around. Even if the conversation doesn’t feel inherently dangerous, but just like a weird match, it still would be a waste of time to continue talking.
And even worse, if it does start to feel a bit pushy or just off, it’s better, and much safer, to cut off conversation, block, and be sure they don’t have any of your personal or social information.
Don’t waste your time, or put yourself at risk, just to keep talking to a random stranger.
Don’t ignore your gut feelings when it comes to interacting with strangers online, if they make you feel even slightly off, it’s not worth the risk.
Ideally, this would be something you would catch early on, block the person, and be done with it, but sometimes it’s not as easy to spot. This is when trusting your gut feeling is so important.
No matter how interesting or attractive a match might seem, they will never be worth you risking your own safety to get to know them on their terms.
In the modern world, almost anything can be faked online, but someone who is constantly lying or being pushy will almost always give you a slightly uneasy sense before long.
There is no substitute for your gut in these situations and there is nothing worth putting yourself in a possibly dangerous situation for.
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