We asked Julie Fishman, coauthor of The Little Black Book of Big Red Flags, to help us become adept at recognizing deal breakers before the first date with the help of a few paragraphs and a picture featured in a guy's dating profile. Here's what she told us to watch out for:
His profile is a novel. "He either has a false sense of importance or no sense of privacy."
His picture is blurry. "He's trying to hide something or he's extremely lazy."
He has a sleazy username. "Do we need to explain why DoMe69 or OrgasmGiver won't make a good boyfriend?"
He uses disclaimers. "If he goes to great lengths to prove that he's not gay, racist, addicted to crack, whatever, we'd put money on the fact that he is."
He uses big words. "He's pretentious and possibly trying to compensate for an educational, cultural, or career insecurity."
His message feels like a form. "He's using the same bait for every gal, hoping someone will be desperate or clueless enough to take a bite."
He has no preferences. "He's apathetic or really needs to get laid and will take whatever he can get."
Have you ever overlooked these online dating red flags only to go on a horrible date? Share your stories in the comments.