Mens Top 10 Peeves with Online Dating
At a certain point in our lives we stop going to bars and clubs, scouring the crowd for that "someone". We steer clear of the "Matchmaker", the blind date our friend swears is our perfect match, or personal ads, where you never know who is going to reply. The alternative has become Online Dating. Where you know quite a bit about someone before you meet. Or do you?
Statistics say that approximately ninety percent of people lie about something on their profile. Women generally do not tell the truth about their looks and age, where men tell the little white lies about economics and background. Essentially, millions of online daters post what they think someone else will like, rather than being truthful and getting responses from potentials who are interested in who they truly are.
Upfront honesty is the key, for both men and women. You may find you agree with the Top Ten whether you are a man or a woman, but each of the Top Ten Peeves have come from personal experiences of men and what blew that seemingly perfect first date. See if you agree, or leave a new peeve from your own experience in the comment section.
Top 10 Peeves
- Pictures of women do not match reality. Pictures that are posted and are supposed to represent what the woman looks like today, often are not. Men don't want to hear 'Oh, that picture is a few years old (more like ten), but it's the only good one I had.'. If you are 5'2" and one hundred and fifty pounds, then say you are. If you are 6'0" and a hundred and five, say so. You can always edit your profile, keep it updated. And please, don't lie about your age, at some point they're going to figure it out, unless you are somehow able to alter your birth certificate. You may just miss out on all of the men who are interested in dating a thirty-something as opposed to a twenty-something.
- Make your intentions clear. If you are looking for a long term relationship, then say so and mean it. If you are looking for a short term, fill your need flings, that is great for many men as well, just indicate what your intentions are upfront.
- Women are not forthcoming about habits or quirks. If you are a smoker, say you are a smoker, don't show up smelling like an ashtray. If you are something more than a social drinker, be honest about it. Check out AA first, but at least you will be honest on your profile. He might bring cab fare, just in case. If you like to bite (vampire-ism) and may be tempted to do so on your first meeting let him know ahead of time, he may not be into that. If you are sarcastic, cynical, sweet or sassy, then let it show on your profile.
- Be truthful about your future wants. If you don't want to have children then say you don't up front. Don't surprise us when we meet and start talking about wanting to have children only to find out that you've had your tubes tied or have absolutely no desire to have any or anymore children. Or we don't want children and you already have the names picked out for the slew you plan to have with that "perfect" someone.
- Proximity IS Important! If you live farther than a fifty mile radius especially in another state why would you contact them? Most men don't own a moving van and are not willing to buy a plane ticket to have lunch with you.
- Not independent. Have your own mode of transportation, and not still living with your parents or grandparents (unless they are under your care). When you are twenty seven and you have a curfew...... Uh NOT! Be employed or at least actively seeking and not looking for someone to take care of you. Please, please, after the first date do not ask to borrow money.
- Just because you met for coffee doesn't mean you are now officially dating. There may be chemistry, but a second date, probably a third and fourth are necessary before anything is official.
- If you are seeking a Boy Toy or an Escape Route, don't contact those that are seriously looking for a relationship. Men don't want to be surprised over lunch by your husband, whom you are supposedly separated from, barreling through the restaurant shouting "I knew you were cheating on me!" Or, the stalker boyfriend you are trying to escape from who is sitting in the parking lot with a camera lens pointed at the two of you having a nice quiet cup of coffee.
- Try including what you don't want on your profile. There are plenty of areas to add comments, in addition to the standard never, sometimes, always answers. How about directly on your profile add something like "If you (blank, blank, or blank), we're probably not a good match." If you don't like tattoos and he has sleeves, he's done before the date began which could have been avoided by simply stating what you don't like. Think of your past experiences and peeves, those will give you a good idea of 'those who need not apply'. This doesn't mean that you have to create a 'Bitch List' you can simply say "I prefer more skin than tattoos, one or two is okay. I prefer to be nibbled rather than bitten.".
- Botox. If you meet for coffee and your face isn't moving as it should be, he might think he's in a Twilight Zone remake. Or, if he's transfixed by lips so huge, wondering how in the world they got that big, he's not interested in anything you are saying or any of your more attractive features. Their eyes just can't move from those enormous lips, you know you should have posted a more recent picture, maybe the one from the cosmetic surgeon's before and afters.
Which is your biggest peeve?
After talking to friends, even some family, acquaintances and even a few strangers about online dating experiences, I found myself laughing at many of the stories I was told. So out of that I created some of the more important and comical ones.
Stay tuned for Womens Top Ten Peeves With Online Dating. It's in the works, and yes there are similarities with the Mens Peeves, but there are also big differences.